Russian Foreign Minister promises Haftar to help restore Libya’s “statehood”

epa06143927 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) welcomes commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA) General Khalifa Haftar (L) during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, 14 August 2017. EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow supports the full-scale restoration of the statehood of Libya.

Lavrov added that while the situation in Libya remains complicated, actions are being undertaken in order to reach national a political solution.

“Unfortunately, the situation in Libya remains difficult, the threat of extremism has not been overcome in your homeland. However, we know about the actions which are being undertaken and actively support the tendency of intensification of political resolution processes, the full-scale restoration of the statehood of your country,” Lavrov said at a meeting with Khalifa Haftar, the head of the self-styled Libyan National Army.

Russia supports the intention of Libyan National Army Commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar to reach an agreement with Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord Fayez Sarraj, Lavrov said.

“We are aware of the efforts being made with your participation, with the participation of Sarraj, which are aimed at ensuring generally acceptable agreements on optimal ways of implementing the Skhirat agreement,” Lavrov told Haftar. “We support your set towards reaching such agreements,” he added.

All mediation efforts in Libya should be carried out on the basis of the United Nations, Lavrov said.

“We believe that it is very important to focus all mediation efforts and ideas on the political front on the basis of the activities of the United Nations.”

According to Lavrov, Moscow sees such activities “not as aimed at development of solutions, but as a contribution to the most favorable conditions for a dialogue between key figures in Libya, so that they themselves agree on the future of their country.”

“This is our principled stance,” the minister said.

(Source: Sputnik)

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