Libyan Parliamentary Delegation Visits Moscow


A delegation from the Libyan Parliament, headed by the Second Deputy Speaker, Abdel-Hadi Al-Saghir met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Special Representative of the President of Russia for the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov.

The meeting was attended by the Russian President’s Envoy to Libya, and the former and current ambassadors of Russia to Libya.

The meeting was held at the headquarters of the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow. They exchanged views on the current situation in Libya, according to the Libyan Parliament’s Spokesman, Abdullah Blaiheg.

The parties focused on the issues surrounding a comprehensive settlement of the Libyan crisis. They stressed the need to “continue strengthening the constructive national dialogue, with the participation of all political forces in order to ensure the unity and sovereignty of the Libyan state.”

The meeting also discussed a number of issues related to the further development of Libyan-Russian relations, including international parliamentary contacts.

Days ago, Bogdanov announced that Russia’s Ambassador to Libya, Aydar Aganin will head to Tripoli, where the Russian diplomatic mission intends to resume its work.

He added that Moscow is “counting on ensuring the security of its diplomatic mission in Libya.”

“The Ambassador of the Russian Federation will go to Libya.” He added that they consider the matter an important priority, according to the TASS news agency.

Earlier, Bogdanov said that Russia plans to reopen its Embassy in Tripoli soon, and plans to open a Consulate-General in Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city.

Libya has been in chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The county has for years been split between rival administrations, each backed by rogue militias and foreign governments.

The current stalemate grew out of the failure to hold elections in December 2021, and the refusal of Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba, who is leading the transitional government, to step down. In response, the country’s eastern-based Parliament appointed a rival Prime Minister, Fathi Bashagha, who has for months sought to install his government in Tripoli.