Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has welcomed the ceasefire agreement between the warring sides in Libya.
In a statement on Saturday, Khatibzadeh appreciated the role of the United Nations and the Libyan negotiating parties in clinching the agreement, expressing hope that the ceasefire would be lasting and that all parties would live up to their commitments.
Emphasising the need to cut off foreign interference in the process of negotiations between the negotiating parties in Libya, Khatibzadeh reiterated Iran’s opposition to a military solution to the crisis and called for the political settlement of the Libyan crisis through dialogue.
Libya’s warring sides signed an agreement for a permanent ceasefire in all areas in what the UN called a “historic achievement”.
For months, the two sides were engaged in a tense standoff around Surt, in central Libya, where the country’s long-time dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi was born and died in 2011. Surt is the gateway to a region known as the oil crescent, where most of Libya’s oil production takes place.