Libyan PM asks Russia to end current military escalation in southern region

Libyan PM

The Libyan UN-backed Prime Minister, Fayez Al-Serraj asked Russia to help end Libya’s domestic conflict on Tuesday, when meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

Bogdanov headed a visit to Tripoli and described it as “a continuation of Al-Serraj’s visit to Russia and to develop mechanisms to implement what was agreed upon during that visit.”

“We have promised the return of cooperative relations between the two countries and we will honor this pledge,” Bogdanov told Al-Serraj during the meeting.

The visit saw the Russian diplomats negotiating the release of the Russian sailors from Tripoli after months of detention as they entered Libyan waters illegally off Al-Zawiya coast early in March.

As a result, the Russian foreign ministry announced that five Russian sailors were released by Libyan authorities and returned home.

Al-Serraj welcomed Russian investments in Libya in the fields of energy, railroads, and infrastructure.

Al-Serraj expressed hope for Russia “to use its international status to help lift the arms embargo on Libya.”

He also called on Russia to help stop the ongoing armed conflict in southern Libya.

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