Russia to reopen embassy in Libya, Ifax cites foreign minister – Middle East Monitor

Russia has decided to reopen its embassy in Libya although its head will temporarily be based in neighbouring Tunisia, Interfax news agency cited Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Friday, Reuters reports.

Libya has been separate since 2014, with the internationally recognised government located in the capital, Tripoli, and the northwest while military leader Khalifa Haftar in the country’s 2nd city Benghazi rules the east.

Russia evacuated its diplomats from Libya in October 2013 after an armed faction attacked its embassy in Tripoli.

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Lavrov, speaking at a meeting with the speaker of Libya’s pro-Haftar eastern parliament Aguila Saleh, reiterated Russia’s desire for a cessation of hostilities in Libya and the beginning of political dialogue.

“We took a decision to reopen the Russian embassy in Libya, which will at this stage be headed by Charge d’Affaires Jamshed Boltaev,” he said. “He will temporarily be based in Tunisia, but I want to emphasise that his functions include representing Russia across all Libya’s territory.”

Lavrov also said a ceasefire in the Libyan conflict, proposed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi along side Haftar in Cairo on June 6, could work along side decisions taken at a worldwide conference in Berlin about the situation in the North African country.

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