There has been a breakthrough in United Nations-brokered talks in Morocco between Libya's rival governments, Al Jazeera has learned.
According to a US embassy joint statement released on behalf of nations involved in the talks, a draft of a deal stipulating a transitional period for the establishment of a democratic state in Libya has been initialled by delegates at the talks.
"We congratulate the delegates who have demonstrated their responsibility, leadership and courage in this crucial moment by initialing this draft agreement," the statement said.
"We call on the remaining delegates and all Libyan decision makers to unite now and to join in supporting this agreement, in the interest of their country and people and in Libya's common future."
The latest round of UN-brokered talks between Libya's two rival governments hit a setback on Thursday when one of the sides stayed away from the negotiations in the city of Skheirat.
An armed alliance known as Libya Dawn took over the capital Tripoli and declared its own government last year, driving out the internationally recognised government and deepening division in the country.
The role of neighbouring countries was vital to the deal.
Libya has been divided since the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed dictator Moamer Kadhafi, with two opposing governments and parliaments and armed groups battling to control its cities and oil wealth.
On March 24, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya unveiled a six-point plan to end the crisis, including the formation of a transitional unity government until a new constitution is adopted and elections held.
Source: Al Jazeera