Libya’s Haftar delays ceasefire signing at Moscow talks Jan 14, 2020 0 112 12345 AFPMoscowRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday’s talks on a ceasefire deal between the warring sides in Libya had made some progress, but strongman Khalifa Haftar asked for more time to study the document.Haftar’s forces based in eastern Libya have been battling since April to take Tripoli from the UN-recognised government in the capital.The Moscow talks followed a joint call by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Vladimir Putin for a ceasefire in the North African state.“There has been certain progress” after talks in Moscow with Russia and Turkey lasting some seven hours, Lavrov told journalists. He said the head of Libya’s UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj and head of High Council of State in Tripoli, Khaled al-Mechri “have just signed” the ceasefire agreement. But Haftar and Aguila Saleh, a Haftar ally, “have asked for a bit more time until morning to make a decision on its signing,” Lavrov said, though claiming they also “view the document positively”.The oil-rich country has been wracked by turmoil since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising killed dictator Moamer Qadhafi, with multiple foreign powers now involved in the diplomacy.Ankara and Moscow have established themselves as key players in Libya. The ceasefire document spells out the terms of a truce which took effect over the weekend.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said once the document is signed by Haftar, both sides “would take the responsibility” for a ceasefire launching a political process in the country. RELATED ARTICLES Iran denies ‘cover-up’ as public anger mounts over downed airliner Jan 14, 2020 0 136 Al-Shabaab kills three teachers in attack on eastern Kenya school Jan 14, 2020 0 1003 Niger sacks military chiefs after deadly militant attack Jan 14, 2020 0 641 Israeli MPs vote to start Netanyahu immunity talks AFP Jerusalem Israeli lawmakers on Monday voted in favour of discussing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s immunity request, bringing the premier’s legal woes to the fore weeks ahead of an election. Netanyahu lodged .. King of Jordan warns IS militants on rise again AFP Paris King Abdullah of Jordan on Monday warned that the Islamic State group was regrouping and was once again on the rise in the Middle East. Months after the ousting of IS last year from their last Syrian holdout, .. One dead in Guinea as sweeping anti-govt rally starts Conakry: One man was shot and killed in Guinea’s capital Conakry on Monday at the start of open-ended protests against President Alpha Conde. The West African country has been wracked by demonstrations since .. German FM warns Iran doubt about troops in Iraq Amman: Iran needs to stop interfering in regional conflicts, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday during a visit to Jordan. “We are agreed. If Iran wants to de-escalate, then it must stop agitation in its .. Trump defends targeted killing of top Iranian general on Twitter post DPA Washington US President Donald Trump on Monday took to Twitter to defend the targeted killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani after critics questioned the “imminent” nature of the threat Trump said ..