Libya and Russia foreign ministers talk bilateral cooperation
The foreign minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Taher Al-Sayala, began a visit to Moscow on Monday, during which he will discuss with Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, the path of political agreement in Libya and bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
In a meeting between the two parties, Al-Sayala expressed his hope “that current talks in Libya will lead to transitional process, elections and new constitution in the country,” according the Russian news agency Interfax.
Lavrov confirmed Moscow’s efforts “to facilitate resolution of all issues in negotiations between Tripoli and Tobruk” and maintaining a regular contact with each side.
In addition to politics, the two foreign ministers discussed bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Lavrov noted that many Russian companies are ready to return to Libya saying that “multiple Russian companies stand ready to return to Libya to implement energy projects”, announcing a plan to send a business mission to Libya early next year.
The two men also talked about the possible return of Russian sailors detained in Libya, to Russia. Lavrov said Al-Sayala “promised to expedite” procedures regarding the detention of the Russian carrier by the Libyan coast guard last year, and its crew which has returned home with the exception of the captain and senior assistant.