Russian FM: Moscow and Ankara Working on Political Settlement in Libya

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Moscow and Ankara were working on a solution to the Libyan conflict in order to start the political settlement process in the war-torn country.

Speaking to the Athens-Macedonia news agency, Lavrov said “At present, Russian and Turkish experts are contributing to reconciliation between the warring parties in Libya. Joint efforts have succeeded in establishing a ceasefire regime, as well as resuming the activities of the main sector of the country’s economy – oil”.

It is worth noting that the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced that starting Monday, October 26 it would lift force majeure on all oil fields and ports.

Lavrov added, “We are continuing to work on bringing the negotiating positions closer to the warring parties in order to launch political transformations based on the UN Security Council resolutions and the outcomes of the Berlin Conference”.

The participants in the Libyan Joint Military Committee (JMC) held talks in Geneva from 19-23 October during which they were able to reach a number of important agreements, especially regarding the opening of roads and the resumption of regular air traffic between Tripoli and Benghazi.

The two sides also agreed to maintain the current calm on the front lines, avoid further escalation and support prisoner exchanges, as well as work directly with representatives of the national oil institutions to resume oil production.