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Putin discusses Libyan crisis with Abu Dhabi crown prince

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin held phone talks with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to discuss the situation in Libya, the Kremlin said in a statement Saturday.

“Vladimir Putin updated Mohammed Al Nahyan on the results of talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which took place in Istanbul on Jan. 8,” the statement said.

Putin and his Turkish counterpart called for accelerating efforts aimed at securing a prompt ceasefire in Libya and facilitating the peace process between the warring parties in the conflict, said the statement.

Putin and Erdogan reached a consensus on Wednesday and urged to establish a ceasefire in Libya starting at midnight on Jan. 12, it added.

The General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA) conditionally welcomed on Thursday the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin aimed at establishing peace and achieving stability in Libya, stressing it is the goal of LNA.

LNA General Command confirmed, in a statement by its official spokesman, Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, the continued efforts of LNA forces in their war against terrorist groups classified by Security Council resolutions, which proved through experience that there is no way to establish a civil state except by eliminating those groups.

The Command said, “Armed groups have taken over the capital Tripoli and are receiving support from some countries and governments that provide them with military equipment and various ammunition as well as drones.”

LNA General Command stressed that states and governments supporting terrorist groups in Tripoli are transporting large numbers of terrorists from all over the world to fight against LNA forces and the Libyan people.

It affirmed, “The achievement of stability and security and responding to the demands of democratization and the resumption of the political process and agreement on a national framework for a fair distribution of the wealth of Libyans without exclusion or marginalization leads us to say that disbanding and disarming militias has become a national and international demand that leads to the implementation of new security arrangements in the capital that produce a security scene where it is possible to talk about an effective political process that leads to the formation of a government that has the will and ability to enforce its decisions in all parts of the country.

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