The Head of the High Council of State (HCS), Mohammed Takala, discussed in a meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, the political situation in Libya, and ways to strengthen bilateral relations.

HCS media office said that Takala met with Bogdanov on Thursday, in the presence of the HCS First Deputy Head, Masoud Abeid, and the accompanying delegation. They discussed during the meeting the political situation in Libya and ways to solve the current crisis and break the political deadlock through elections, in addition to developments in the situation in the Middle East, especially Palestine. The two sides also discussed bilateral relations and ways to enhance them in various fields.

During a television interview with Russia Today channel, Takala said that he would agree with the House of Representatives and its Speaker Aqila Saleh to unify the executive authority before holding the elections, adding that the previous agreements existing between the two chambers  will be continued, and that what he called “personal agreements” will be put aside. 

Takala confirmed that he had approved the roadmap announced by UN envoy Abdoulaye Bathily, stressing that their goal is to reach a 60% or 70% consensus in order to hold elections. He said that there are major and regional countries interfering in Libyan affairs to fuel the conflict, and that they are finding helping hands in Libya.