LNA Spokesman: The situation in Libya requires intervention by Russia and President Putin personally

Alwasat - Cairo Wed 08 Aug 2018, 09:53 PM
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"The situation in Libya requires intervention by Russia and the intervention of President Putin personally, and the expulsion of foreign players such as Turkey, Qatar and Italy directly," said the spokesman for the General Command of the Libyan National Army, Brigadier General Ahmad Al-Mismari. He also confirmed his confidence in the Russian role in Syria.

"The commander-in-chief of the Libyan armed forces, Khalifa Haftar, is always seeking to develop relations with Moscow," he said in an interview with the Russian news agency Sputnik. "Contact with Moscow, whether by official visits, was very welcomed by the Libyan people, because the Libyan people know that the stage is very difficult and sensitive, and wants a strong ally."

Al-Mismari said that Haftar will to meet with Moscow, saying that he "knows very well that the stage is very difficult and needs a strong ally like Russia."

He explained that "what happened in Syria is what is happening in Libya," indicating that the role of Russia in Syria "was successful," and said: "In fact, Russia in Syria fought two battles or three battles, the military battle and the second and most important battle is the diplomatic stage," saying that "Russia has a very prominent role in the removal of many intruders on Syrian policy."

"We are very confident that Russia is a superpower and its speech will be heard if discussed with Italy or Turkey or Qatar or other countries, such as Sudan, regarding the smuggling of terrorists into Libya," according to Sputnik.

"We are looking forward to a very strong cooperation and the restoration of relations as well as the return of experts. We also look forward to Russian political intervention through Russian diplomacy to prevent other countries manipulating the fate of the Libya" he said.

On July 21, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov confirmed in a telephone conversation with the UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salamé, Moscow's support for his efforts to help the main Libyan political forces expedite the formation of a functioning state authority while ensuring the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country.

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