Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s talks with Deputy Chairman of the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya Ahmed Maiteeq and GNA Foreign Minister Mohammed Siyala
On June 3, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Deputy Chairman of the Presidential Council and Deputy Chairman of Libya's Government of National Accord Ahmed Maiteeq and GNA Foreign Minister Mohammed Siala, who are in Moscow on a short working visit.
During a detailed discussion, an exchange of views took place regarding the developments in Libya and related matters. The Russian minister emphasised the importance of an early cessation of hostilities and starting an inclusive dialogue with the participation of the leading Libyan political forces and social movements. In this context, he expressed his principled support for the initiative put forward by President of the Libyan House of Representatives Aguila Saleh on April 23, which creates the basis for starting intra-Libyan talks with an eye towards developing compromises to overcome existing problems and to form unified government bodies in the country.
The participants also discussed the consolidation of international efforts to support a Libyan settlement under UN auspices building on the decisions of the International Conference on Libya held in Berlin on January 19 and UNSC Resolution 2510. In this context, they noted the importance of appointing a new Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya to replace Ghassan Salame who resigned on March 1.
In reviewing Russian-Libyan relations, Sergey Lavrov confirmed the willingness of Russian businesses to resume activities in Libya upon normalisation of the military-political situation. Libya was once again asked to free, as soon as possible and without preconditions, Russian citizens Maxim Shugaley and Samer Sueifan who were arrested in Tripoli in May 2019. It was stated that the Russian citizens remaining in prison in Tripoli is the main obstacle to the progress of mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.