Russia interested in resuming full bilateral cooperation with Libya – Lavrov

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

MOSCOW – Russia is interested in resuming full bilateral cooperation with Libya in all areas, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Speaker of Libya’s House of Representatives (HoR) Aguila Saleh Issa, who arrived in Moscow on an official visit on Tuesday.

“The sooner post-conflict settlement is completed and normal post-conflict life begins, the quicker we will be able to resume bilateral cooperation in all areas: energy, transport infrastructure, as well as economic and investment projects in general for the benefit of our peoples,” Lavrov said. “We are interested in resuming other forms of contact as well, such as parliamentary exchanges.”

Russia’s top diplomat said Saleh traveled to Russia on an invitation from the State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament.

“I know that you are going to meet the State Duma’s leadership. I expect your visit to be useful in all aspects. We will do our best for that end,” he added.

Lavrov noted that the process to re-launch the political process in Libya continues and gains momentum, and welcomed Saleh’s effort in that regard.

“The ceasefire has been observed for quite a lengthy period of time. Your meeting with Fayez al-Sarraj this August played an important role in restarting the political process. Despite certain difficulties, the process continues, and gains momentum,” the Russian foreign minister added.

“We particularly welcome your determination to include all key political forces and all regions of your homeland into the settlement process. This is our approach as well. For many years, we have been maintaining active contacts will all representatives of Libyan political forces, and will help you to implement your initiatives,” Lavrov added.



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