Russia says efforts to reach Libya peace settlement should be stepped up – RIA

© Reuters/Russian Foreign Ministry FILE PHOTO: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that international efforts to reach a peace settlement in Libya should be intensified, the RIA news agency reported.

Libya descended into chaos after the NATO-backed overthrow of leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. In October, the two major sides in the country’s war – the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) and Khalifa Haftar’s eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) – agreed a ceasefire.

(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; editing by John Stonestreet)