According to information from the Kremlin Haftar is preparing to visit Moscow again
22 January 2020There is no exact information about the timing of the upcoming visit of the commander of the Libyan national army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar to Moscow, but the Libyan military commander thanks Russian President Vladimir Putin for his efforts to establish peace and stability in the Arab country, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters.
Earlier, Sputnik radio reported that Haftar sent a letter to the Russian President before holding an international conference on Libya in Berlin, and also confirmed his desire to accept an invitation to visit Moscow to continue the previously started dialogue.
"There was no information about his (Haftar's) arrival. We all know that before the start of the conference on Libya (in Berlin), Haftar wrote a letter to our leader (Putin – ed.), in which he notes our role in the settlement process and expresses his readiness to come to Moscow,... but so far there is no specific information on this matter, " RIA Novosti quoted Ushakov as saying.
Last Sunday, an international conference on Libya was held in Berlin with the participation of Russia, the United States, Turkey, Egypt and other countries, as well as the EU and the UN. Despite the fact that the summit was attended by the Prime Minister of the government of national accord (PNC) Fayez Sarraj and the commander of the Libyan national army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar, it was not possible to organize a dialogue between them again.
After summing up the results of the conference, a document was adopted in which the leaders of the participating countries confirmed their commitment to non-interference in the internal policy of Libya, while noting the leading role of the UN in resolving the conflict in the country. The participants of the conference made a statement about "unconditional and full" respect for the embargo on the supply of weapons to this country, which was imposed earlier by a decision of the UN security Council, and called for not taking actions that run counter to this regime, including by recruiting mercenaries. The first step in the security sphere involves the creation of a joint 5+5 military Commission in Libya, which will consist of "regular army and/or police officers under the auspices of the UN".
The Berlin conference was held after the inter-Libyan talks in Moscow with the participation of representatives of the Russian Federation and Turkey. An informed Libyan source indicated that the head of the LNA, Haftar, left Moscow without signing a truce agreement with the Tripoli government of Sarraj. NTC foreign Minister Mohammad at-Taher Siyala drew RIA Novosti's attention to the fact that the NTC delegation signed the agreement and then went to Istanbul.
Earlier, Sputnik radio reported that Germany noted the role of Russia and Turkey in the Libyan settlement.