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Russia Announces Reopening of Libya Embassy

Russia Announces Reopening of Libya Embassy

Saturday, 4 July, 2020 - 05:00
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (Reuters)
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced on Friday that his country has decided to reopen its embassy in Libya, reported Russia’s Interfax news agency.

The ambassador will, however, be based in Tunisia.

Lavrov had received in Moscow on Friday Speaker of the east-based Libyan parliament, Aquila Saleh.

“We took a decision to reopen the Russian embassy in Libya, which will at this stage be headed by Charge d’Affaires Jamshed Boltaev,” he said. “He will temporarily be based in Tunisia, but I want to emphasize that his functions include representing Russia across all Libya’s territory.”

Lavrov also said a ceasefire in the Libyan conflict, proposed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi alongside Libyan National Army commander Khalifa Haftar in Cairo on June 6, could work alongside decisions taken at an international conference in Berlin regarding the situation in the North African country.

Saleh also held talks with Speaker of the Federation Council, Valentina Matviyenko. Discussions focused on the Libyan crisis and the need to reach a ceasefire and launch political dialogue.

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