The two main rivals in conflict-ridden Libya have agreed on a nationwide ceasefire, except for the fight against terrorist groups, and will work on holding early presidential and parliamentary elections, according to a joint declaration.

Prime Minister Fayez Serraj and Khalifa Haftar, the military commander based in the remote east of the vast country, made the announcement on Tuesday after talks hosted in Paris by French President Emmanuel macron.

“We commit to a ceasefire and to refrain from any use of armed force for any purpose that does not strictly constitute counter-terrorism,” Serraj and Haftar said in a joint declaration. 

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