Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala of Libya’s Government of National Accord, Moscow, December 12, 2017

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Mr Minister,

Colleagues and friends,

We are glad to meet with you again. We met with Prime Minister of Libya’s Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj in New York in September this year. Also in September, the new UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya Ghassan Salamé presented the Action Plan for Libya at the UN. Today we have an opportunity to discuss progress at the intra-Libyan talks on this important document.

We highly value the resolve of the Government of National Accord in Tripoli and the House of Representatives deputies in Tobruk to maintain contact with the mediation of UN Secretary-General’s Representative Mr Ghassan Salamé. Two rounds of talks have been held, and we can see concrete results.

The Russian Federation is ready to provide all-round support towards achieving a final arrangement. We established contacts with absolutely all political groups and tribes at the very beginning of the Libyan crisis. And we still maintain close interaction with all the parties involved. We hope that we will be able to increase bilateral cooperation with a united, sovereign and free Libya when the situation stabilises and all the threats to Libyan statehood and security are removed.

I would like to note that not only Russian diplomats and other officials but also representatives of the legislative authority – the State Duma – are contributing to the national reconciliation process in Libya. We appreciate our cooperation with them.

We can see that your delegation includes representatives of law enforcement agencies and economic companies. Separate meetings have been organised for them. This will lay the groundwork for our future relations.

We are looking forward to listening to your views on the Libyan settlement process, especially ahead of the next UN-mediated intra-Libyan meeting between Tripoli and Tobruk representatives next week.

Once again, welcome to Moscow.

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