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15 September 201716:25

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at the meeting with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya Ghassan Salamé, Moscow, September 15, 2017

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Mr Salamé,

We are glad to welcome you in Moscow. I hope the number of counterparts on this side of the table does not bother you. You are a very experienced diplomat and political figure. While working on very complicated issues of global politics in Iraq and Myanmar, you earned a reputation as a measured, results-oriented diplomat. The fact that all the Libyan parties welcomed your appointment to the new post of the head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya is a testament to your reputation.

We welcomed the steps you have already undertaken. We are here to listen to your assessment and plan our subsequent course of action based on your recommendations.

It will be interesting to listen to the discussions on Libya at the upcoming UN General Assembly, as there are related events on the schedule.

Russia is ready to be a partner and ally to you, particularly, considering the fact that we maintain contacts with all Libyan figures, political and other, without exception.

During your visit, we will also share our impressions from contacts with different politicians.

Welcome!

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Libya is a difficult case but not a lost one.

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