Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs in Libya Stephanie Williams
On October 15, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs in Libya Stephanie Williams, who is in Moscow on a working visit.
The sides had an in-depth discussion on a wide range of issues related to the developments in Libya. They noted with satisfaction that a ceasefire had lasted four months and pointed out the importance of continued coordination of the UN-led international efforts to promote a sustainable development of the intra-Libyan negotiations aimed at helping the country overcome a drawn-out system-wide crisis.
In this context, Ms Williams updated the Russian Minister on preparations for the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) in Tunisia, to be attended by representatives of all political forces and regions of Libya. The sides noted the positive results of the intra-Libyan contacts held in September and October in Montreux (Switzerland), Bouznika (Morocco) and Hurghada (Egypt), as well as the Geneva meetings held within the framework of the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission.
Sergey Lavrov reaffirmed Russia’s intention to continue to work actively towards an early rapprochement between Libyan parties and the creation of conditions for the establishment of united bodies of authority based on the decisions of the Berlin Peace Conference and UN Security Council Resolution 2510. It was pointed out that since the Libyan oil sector had resumed operation, it is important that oil export revenues are distributed in a fair and transparent manner in the interests of all Libyans. The success of the settlement process, which is gathering momentum, depends on the involvement of all political forces that have influence on the ground and want to ensure the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Libyan state.
Later the same day, Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov held detailed consultations with Stephanie Williams at the Foreign Ministry.