Germany calls for end of Tripoli offensive

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. [Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images]
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged conflict parties in Libya to end fighting and return to peace negotiations, her office said on Monday.

Merkel has spoken with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in a telephone call that focused on recent developments in Libya and Sudan, her spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

“The Chancellor has expressed concern over the current military escalation in Libya,” he said, referring to the military offensive of Khalifa Haftar, who commands forces loyal to East Libya-based government, to capture capital Tripoli.

“The Chancellor has called for a return to negotiations and to the UN-led political process as quickly possible,” he said.

Egyptian President al-Sisi held talks with Haftar in Cairo on Sunday.

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