However, the east and much of southern Libya are under the control of a rival government. Both sides in the war-torn country called for a truce and elections last month. However, the Libyan National Army of warlord Khalifa Haftar, the most powerful man in the east, held back.
The government in Tripoli is backed by Turkey, while Haftar receives military support from Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, among others. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Wednesday evening that during talks in Ankara, Turkey and Russia have come closer to an agreement on a ceasefire and a political follow-up to it.