By Elena Teslova
MOSCOW (AA) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin are meeting ahead of the Berlin conference on the Libyan peace.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will co-host the Berlin conference, which will seek a stronger commitment from the world powers and regional actors to non-interference in Libya to genuinely support the cease-fire and adhere to the UN’s arms embargo.
Since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have emerged in Libya: one in eastern Libya supported mainly by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, and the other in Tripoli, which enjoys the UN and international recognition.
On Jan. 12, the warring sides of the Libyan conflict announced a cease-fire in response to the call of Turkish and Russian leaders.
But talks for a permanent cease-fire deal ended without an agreement on Monday after Haftar left Moscow without signing the deal.