German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday called for a weapons embargo on Libya to facilitate a political solution to the conflict.

Speaking at a news conference in Berlin, Merkel welcomed renegade commander Khalifa Haftar’s promise to respect the existing cease-fire and his acceptance of an invitation to the Berlin Conference slated for Sunday.

“First of all, it is good news that he is ready to observe the cease-fire,” she said, stressing that it was one of the requirements for the success of the Berlin conference.

The chancellor called for a new commitment from the conflict parties to respect the

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