Russian-Moroccan FMs Discuss Libya

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On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, held a telephone conversation with his Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita. The two top diplomats discussed bilateral relations in addition to a number of regional issues, primarily the situation in Libya.

In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Lavrov and Bourita discussed issues related to strengthening foreign policy coordination, development of trade relations, and human exchanges. The foreign ministers welcomed the consistent progress made regarding the implementation of the provisions of the ‘Joint Statement on the Extended Strategic Partnership’ signed in 2016.

They also exchanged views on the recent developments in the Middle East, especially the situation in Libya. The two stressed the need to resolve all disputes through political and diplomatic means. This would be in line with the comprehensive national dialogue, and away from external interference.

They called for further coordination by the international community to achieve a Libyan-led solution, and in forming a unified government. This is in accordance with the outcomes of the Berlin Conference held in January, and the UN Security Council Resolution 2510.

With regard to the situation in the Western Sahara, Lavrov called on the parties to the conflict to show self-restraint, abide by the ceasefire, and to resume the negotiation process under the auspices of the UN.

Notably, more than 120 Libyan MPs in Morocco announced on Saturday their decision to move towards “ending the division” in the country and resume unified parliamentary sessions upon their return to Libya.

Mediations to end the Libyan conflict have been ongoing for months, with a ceasefire being signed in October by the two parties to the conflict.