The Address | Benghazi – Libya
MOSCOW – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that the Cairo initiative for a settlement in Libya could become the basis for initiating a dialogue between Libyans.
Lavrov said during a meeting with the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives (HoR), Aqila Saleh: “We also drew attention to the document called the Cairo Declaration, which was announced by Egyptian President El-Sisi on June 6 during your visit to Egypt. We believe that this Cairo initiative is in line with the decisions of the International Conference on Libya in Berlin and it may form the basis of the Libyan discussions on the implementation of your initiative.”
It is noteworthy that the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with the General Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter and HoR Speaker Aqila Saleh on June 6 in Cairo. After the meeting, Sisi announced the “Cairo Initiative”, which included a ceasefire on all of Libya’s territory from June 8, and terms of a political settlement.
This initiative was supported by Russia, the United States, and a number of Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, but the Tripoli-based Government of “National Accord” (GNA) and Turkey stood against it.