Putin, Erdogan discuss fighting in Libya

FILE PHOTO: A fighter of Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) of Fayez Serraj, fires his rifle during clashes with forces of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, at Al-Khalla frontline./ Getty Images

Russia and Turkey have expressed concern over the fighting in Libya, which has raged on since February 2019.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the situation over a telephone call on Tuesday, according to the Kremlin.

It said in a statement that the two leaders voiced their readiness to establish contacts between the warring factions in a bid to end the fighting.

The two also expressed support for the mediation efforts undertaken by the United Nations and Germany.

While the North African country has been dogged by war since December 2011, the situation heightened earlier this year when self-styled Libyan National Army chief Gen. Khalifa Hafter pledged to take over Tripoli from the U.N.-backed government led by Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj.

Hifter last week declared a final push to take Tripoli from Sarraj’s government, unleashing heavy clashes on the southern edges of the city.

The war in Libya has killed thousands and displaced millions as militant groups and human trafficking cells sought to impose their command in various regions across the country.

Mediation teams hope the warring factions can strike a deal to restore lasting peace in the country.