Lavrov: Russian companies can return to Libya after military, political situation return to normal
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Moscow on Wednesday with the Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Sayala and the member of the Presidential Council Ahmed Mitig to discuss recent developments in the country, including the return of Russian companies "once the situation stabilized," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement after the meeting.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said Moscow had emphasized the importance of an early cessation of hostilities and the organization of an inclusive dialogue with the participation of all the leading Libyan political forces and social movement.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that the presence of Russian prisoners, arrested in May 2019, in the Libyan capital of Tripoli was the main obstacle to cooperation between the countries.
He added that they need to consolidate international efforts in support to Libya settlement under the UN auspices, based on conclusions of the Berlin international conference on Libya held on January 19 and on Resolution 2510 of the United Nations Security Council," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Lavrov also stressed the particular timeliness of the appointment of a new special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya instead of Ghassan Salame who resigned last March.