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10 March 2020 Haftar meets Macron and Merkel and says he is ready to commit to ceasefire

Commander of the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar met French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on 9 March and declared that he is ready to sign a ceasefire agreement, but only if militias backed by the UN Government of National Accord (GNA) respect it. Haftar’s visit to Paris came amid continuous tensions in Libya that led the Prime Minister of the GNA Fayez al-Sarraj to suspend UN-sponsored ceasefire negotiations on 18 February. At the same time, fighting and foreign meddling continue in Libya despite the efforts made at the Berlin Conference in January. Haftar also met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on 10 March, who underlined the need for a political solution to the conflict in the framework of the decisions made at the aforementioned Conference.