Lavrov: All parties in Libya should be invited to the Berlin Conference


Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the talks on Libya held in Moscow are preparations for the Conference on Libya to be held January 19 in the German capital, Berlin.

Lavrov made statements about the Libyan crisis at the Raisina Dialogue conference in India’s capital, New Delhi.

He recalled that talks on Libya were held in Moscow on Monday. “We have never alluded to the fact that the talks will solve all problems and that they will be the last. Talks on Libya in Moscow are preparations for the Berlin Conference,” Lavrov said.

The Russian diplomat noted that all parties in Libya should be invited to the Berlin Conference.

Lavrov also recalled that the leader of illegitimate armed forces in eastern Libya, Khalifa Haftar, has asked for time to sign the ceasefire agreement. “We do not want to dramatize this situation. It happened earlier in the talks in Paris, Palermo, Abu Dhabi,” he said.

– Talks on Libya in Moscow –

Turkish and Russian delegations held talks in Moscow with the parties in Libya on Monday.

The Turkish delegation, along with the head of the UN-recognized National Reconciliation Government (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, and Khalid al-Mishri, chairman of Libya’s Supreme State Council, had prepared the text of the agreement.

While the Russian delegation had tried to persuade Haftar and the Speaker of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh.

Haftar did not sign the agreement and left Moscow yesterday morning.

Turkey’s defense ministry says Haftar welcomes the deal but needs two days for local consultations.


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