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High Council of State Calls on Russia to Respect Arms Embargo in Libya

High Council of State Calls on Russia to Respect Arms Embargo in Libya

Tuesday, 19 March, 2019 - 06:30
A man walks through destruction in Libya's Sirte. (Reuters file photo)
Cairo - Khaled Mahmoud
Head of the High Council of State Khaled al-Mishri urged on Monday Russia to respect the arms embargo imposed on Libya.

His remarks, made during a visit to Moscow, were an indirect reference to Russia’s armament of the Libyan National Army (LNA), commander by Khalifa Haftar.

During talks with deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, he stressed the need to “end dealings with parallel entities” in his country.

Moreover, he underlined the importance of implementing United Nations Security Council resolutions on barring arms sales to Libya.

For his part, Bogdanov stressed that Moscow supports the UN mission to support Libya, saying that it “does not back one side without the other.”

The political solution is the only way to achieve stability in the North African country, he added.

Mishri had landed in Russia on Sunday to discuss efforts to resolve the Libyan crisis.

In Libya’s coastal city of Sirte, forces loyal to Fayez al-Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA) continued their military preparations to confront any potential attack by the LNA.

Spokesman for the al-Bunyan al-Marsous forces, Mohammed al-Ghosri said that the state of alert in the city was a precaution against any “movements by hostile forces.”

“There are no justifications for eastern forces to advance on the city,” he added.

Separately, UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame held talks in Tripoli with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on latest developments in the UN-facilitated political process in Libya and preparations to hold the National Conference.

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