Merkel urges Haftar to end Libyan National Armys push on Tripoli

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar to end his Libyan National Armys push on Tripoli saying there can be no military solution to the countrys problems. Merkels spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Thursday that the chancellor made the comments in a telephone call to Fayez al backed transitional government in Tripoli. Seibert says Merkel condemned the advance of General Haftars troops on Tripoli AP reports. The European Union and its Member States call on all parties to immediately cease all military operations. The LNA and all the forces that have moved into Tripoli or its vicinity must withdraw and the humanitarian truces called by the U. a masked member of libyan internationally recognised pro government forces is seen in a military vehicle on the outskirts of tripoli . In Tripoli officials brought families displaced by fighting on the southern fringes to shelter in schools. The European Union urged the LNA forces to stop their offensive agreeing finally on a statement after France and Italy had sparred over how to handle the escalating conflict. members of libyan internationally recognised pro government forces ride in military vehicles on the outskirts of tripoli . an eu draft statement on wednesday said haftars attack on tripoli put civilians at risk disrupted normalization efforts and risked an escalation with serious consequences for libya and the wider region

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