The United Nations said Friday that the two sides in Libyan military talks had reached a “historic achievement” with a permanent cease-fire agreement across the war-torn North African country, reports Arab News.

After mediation this week led by UN envoy for Libya Stephanie Turco Williams, the 5+5 Joint Military Commission reached what the UN called an “important turning point toward peace and stability in Libya.”

“I wish to congratulate you on what you have accomplished here. It needed much courage,” Williams told military envoys representing Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and military strongman Khalifa Haftar.

“I hope that this agreement will put an end to the suffering of the Libyan people,” she added.

The truce deal was reached ahead of Libyan political talks that start in a preparatory phase next week. In-person meetings are set to start in Tunis on November 9, said dpa international.

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