Lavrov: Moscow Ready to Cooperate with Libya’s Transitional Government


Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov reiterated Moscow’s readiness for constructive cooperation with Libya’s interim government, during telephone calls with Head of the Presidential Council Mohammed Al-Menfi, and interim Prime Minister Abdul-Hamid Dabiba.

A statement issued by the Russian MoFA said that Lavrov stressed Russia’s commitment to closer cooperation to further develop the traditionally friendly Russian-Libyan relations. It added that the FM noted that the newly-elected Libyan politicians had a difficult task ahead of them and wished them success.

The Libyan politicians praised Russia’s position throughout the crisis and noted, “Moscow’s constructive and pro-active role in promoting a settlement involving representatives of Libya’s historical regions and political forces.”

On Friday, UNSMIL announced the election of a new Presidential Council consisting of Al-Menfi and three Deputies, namely Musa Al-Koni, AbdAllah Hussein Al-Lafi, and Prime Minister Dabiba.