Iran welcomed an agreement by Libya’s rival political groups to form an interim unity government in the crisis-hit North African country, hoping the incoming executive authority would facilitate elections there.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman welcomed the ceasefire declared between the parties involved in the crisis in Libya appreciating the pivotal role played by the United Nations and the Libyan negotiating parties to this end.
The Libyan Red Crescent retrieved the bodies of 22 refugees and migrants off the coastal town of Zwara on Sunday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said, likely to be from a shipwreck that took place last week.
Libya’s Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), which is internationally recognized but controls only the western part of the country, announced a cease-fire on Friday, a statement from its leadership said.
Forces loyal to a Libyan commander said they will only allow the reopening of oil fields and terminals once a mechanism has been set up to fairly distribute revenue across the country, which is split between rival, warring factions.
Pope Francis appealed on Sunday for both sides in the Libyan civil war to seek peace, urging the international community to facilitate talks and protect refugees and migrants he said were victims of cruelty.
Libya's UN-recognized government announced Friday another victory in its counter-offensive against eastern-based strongman Khalifa Haftar, overrunning his last western stronghold Tarhuna, launchpad of an abortive 14-month assault on the capital.