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Tripoli sees Russia as key player in creating stability in Libya 

Tripoli sees Russia as key player in creating stability in Libya 

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) considers Russia an important player in stabilizing situation in divided Libya, GNA Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq told Sputnik Friday, after discussing possibility of a Moscow meeting between various Libyan factions with a Russian diplomat.

Earlier in the day, the head of the Russian contact group on Libya, Lev Dengov, told Sputnik that during the Friday meeting between Maiteeq and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, possible consultations between Libyan National Army Commander General Khalifa Haftar and Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj in Moscow were discussed.

“We don’t mind, we see Russia as an important player in creating stability in Libya and that is why we want the Russian influence and the Russian presence in Libya to be as positive as possible on that issue. If they send a clear message to all parties that they should come and work closely to bring stability, we don’t mind any meeting in Moscow,”

Maiteeq said.

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Maiteeq added that he did not have any further details or a concrete time frame for this meeting.

Libya has been in a state of civil war since its longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011. The UN-backed Government of National Accord, headquartered in Tripoli, operates in the western part of the country. The eastern part of the country is governed by its parliament, with headquarters in the city of Tobruk, which is supported by the Libyan National Army.

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