The Head of the High Council of State, (HCS) Mohammed Takala, discussed with the Speaker of the Russian State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, Thursday in Moscow, issues of developing Russian-Libyan relations within the framework of the parliamentary dimension and strengthening bilateral relations between Libya and Russia.

Volodin said during the meeting that they had always supported the idea of developing cooperation with Libya, adding that the visit would undoubtedly give new motivation to the development of bilateral relations, and pointing out that the volume of trade between the two countries was constantly growing. He said that in 2023, it increased by 2.8 times, according to a statement by the State Duma. 

"We must do everything on the parliamentary side to make our dialogue continuous and systematic, so that relations develop not only within the framework of cooperation with friendship groups or one-time visits, but also at the level of relevant committees. Our principles are friendship, cooperation and interest, and the absence of double standards, as well as non-interference in the sovereign affairs of independent states.” Volodin explained. 

Takala proposed establishing a contact group with the State Duma to coordinate the work of parliamentarians, adding that the Parliament must have an influence on the executive authorities and on governments in order to adopt draft laws.

Takala met Wednesday with the Speaker of the Russian Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, in Moscow, where he hailed the role of the Russian ambassador to Libya in diplomatic work, expressing his hope during this visit that Libyan-Russian relations would be better than before.

He also highlighted the importance of the role of parliamentary work in drawing up important policies between the two countries, which helps the executive governments invest and develop them, according to a statement by the HCS on Tuesday, when Takala stressed the importance of strengthening relations, communication and coordination, to achieve common goals and enhance regional and global stability.