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Russian senior diplomat, UN envoy discuss Libyan settlement

MOSCOW – Issues of Libyan settlement were in focus of a telephone conversation between Russian president’s special envoy for the Middle  East and African countries and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Borgdanov and United Nations Secretary General’s new Special Envoy on Libya Jan Kubis, the Russian foreign ministry said on Friday.

Bogdanov congratulated Kubis on the appointment to his position and wished every success in his mission. “The sides discussed a range of issues linked with the development of the situation in and around Libya and stressed the importance of further coordination of the United Nations-led international efforts to promote Libyan settlement and establishment of an inclusive and sustainable political process involving all the influential forces in the country,” the ministry said.

The conversation was initiated by the UN envoy.

It was reported on January 18 that veteran diplomat Jan Kubis had been appointed United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Libya more than ten months after the resignation of his predecessor, Ghassan Salame. UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov was nearly appointed to the post in December but he refused to take office citing family reasons.

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