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Libya’s Haftar Sends Personal Message To Putin, Plans To Visit Moscow


Libya's Haftar Sends Personal Message To Putin, Plans To Visit Moscow

Libyan military leader Khalifa Haftar leaves a meeting with Russia’s foreign minister in Moscow in November 2016. IMAGE: MAXIM SHEMETOV/REUTERS

Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA), expressed his personal gratitude for Russia’s efforts towards peace and stability in Libya in a letter sent to President Vladimir Putin on January 17.

According to the Kremlin Press Service, the Libyan leader accepted Putin’s invitation to Moscow to continue dialogue on settling the conflict in Libya.

“I express my full support to Russia’s initiative on peace talks in Moscow that are to bring peace to Libya. I confirm that we are ready to accept your invitation to visit Russia to continue dialogue,” the letter reads, according to the TASS news agency.

The LNA is now carrying out a large attack on the Libyan capital, Tripoli, the stronghold of the Government of National Accord (GNA), which is supported by Turkey and Qatar. The army is receiving support from Egypt and the UAE.

Haftar, who is now in Athena, is planning to visit Moscow after the Berlin conference on the Libyan conflict settlement, as a Libyan diplomat told TASS a day earlier.

The Kremlin announced that the Russian President will take part in the Berlin conference, which is set to take place on January 19. Eleven countries were invited to the conference, including the UAE, Egypt, the U.S. and Turkey.

The conference is aimed at establishing a stable ceasefire in Libya, achieving a reconciliation between the warring sides and launching a serious political dialogue in Libya.

Haftar’s possible visit to Moscow after the conference will contribute to Russian diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful solution for the Libyan crisis.

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