Bashagha: Libya can cover shortfall of Russian oil if West helps the country recover from years of war

Alwasat - Cairo Wed 20 Apr 2022, 01:33 PM
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Government of National Stability Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha said that Libya can provide the UK with the resources it needs if the West helps rebuild his country after years of war.

In statements to the British newspaper 'The Telegraph', Bashagha said on Tuesday that his country could help compensate for the shortage of Russian oil if the West helped the country recover from years of war.

The Telegraph also quoted Bashagha as saying that he wanted to expel Russian mercenaries from Libya, including the Wagner Group, and "bring peace, stability and democracy to Libya."

He rejected the idea of ​​deploying international peacekeeping forces in Libya, but called on the West to provide technology and expertise to help secure Libya's land and sea borders, noting that this would help prevent the flow of migrants to Europe.

Then he turned to relations with Britain, describing it as "lazy" for its "clear failure" to help Libya after its participation in the 2011 intervention against the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

However, he told The Telegraph that the UK could still help to rebuild Libya. “Give us hope and give us a chance,” he said. “Give us the necessary investment and support and we can transform Libya into an outstanding nation-state and a pillar of the international community.”

Bashagha called on London to use its economic and diplomatic influence to ensure the reconstruction of Libya, saying: "Britain can do a lot for Libya."

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