Russia Supports Comprehensive Political Dialogue in Libya


On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed that Moscow is committed to cooperating with Saudi Arabia for the stability of the global oil market, in addition to resolving the Libyan and Syrian conflicts.

In a joint press conference with his Saudi counterpart, Faisal bin Farhan in Moscow, Lavrov discussed the most prominent developments in the Middle East. He stressed the need to support a comprehensive political process in Libya with the involvement of all parties.

The two FMs also underlined the importance of consolidating the UN-sponsored political track, which addresses all aspects of the Libyan crisis. As well as contributes to eliminating terrorism, preserving national resources and state institutions, and limiting foreign interference.

Libya has been divided between two rival authorities for the past six years. Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) controls the east, and is allied with the Tobruk-based Libyan Parliament. Meanwhile, the Government of National Accord (GNA) is based in Tripoli, and is supported politically and military by Turkey.

Ankara continues to escalate its involvement in the Libyan conflict by supporting the GNA. This is despite Turkey participating in and agreeing to the results of the Berlin Conference held in January 2020, where foreign states active in Libya agreed to uphold the UN arms embargo.