Comment by the Information and Press Department on the upcoming visit to Russia of Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala of Libya’s Government of National Accord, December 11-13, 2017

2395-10-12-2017

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On December 11-13, 2017, Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala of Libya’s Government of National Accord will make a working visit to Moscow at the invitation of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The agenda of the upcoming talks includes in-depth discussions on the intra-Libyan settlement in light of the agreements reached by Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya and Prime Minister of Libya’s Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj and  Commander of the Libyan National Army Khalifa Haftar designed to amend the Libyan Political Agreement signed in Skhirat on December 17, 2015, as well as in the context of the Action Plan for Libya, which was proposed by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya Ghassan Salamé and approved following the High-Level Event on Libya at the UN General Assembly on September 20 of this year.

Our vision of an intra-Libyan settlement rests on several principles, such as promoting an inclusive dialogue based on respect for the interests of all the main political forces, tribes and regional groups in Libya without foreign interference, as well as the concerned parties’ renunciation of the use of force in settling the crisis.

Guided by the imperative of preserving the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya, Russia has been working persistently with representatives from the conflicting Libyan parties so as to encourage them to overcome their differences and search for mutually acceptable solutions to all the disputed issues.

At the same time, Russia has not taken sides with any party to the intra-Libyan conflict. It is our position of principle that the future of the country must be decided by the Libyans themselves. We consider any attempts to provide ready solutions to them as counterproductive.

We believe that a revised Skhirat agreement and the UN Action Plan will be used as the basis for the subsequent efforts to address the other outstanding issues on the Libyan agenda. These include restoring order in the area of security, economic rehabilitation, the mitigation of a dramatic humanitarian situation as the settlement of accumulated problems concerned with illegal migration, cross-border crime, and trafficking in weapons and drugs.

Other issues on the agenda of the talks with Mr Siala include the development of Russian-Libyan trade and economic ties. We support the Russian companies’ intention to return to Libya so as to join development projects on mutually advantageous conditions, including in energy and in industrial and transport infrastructure, as soon as the situation in Libya is normalised and provided their safety is guaranteed.

 

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