03/01/2020- Russian Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Prime Minister of Libya’s Interim Government based in the east of the country, Abdullah al-Thani, have discussed the developments in that country over the phone, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Friday. »Russia reaffirmed its consistent stance in favor of resolving all issues on the national agenda in Libya through an inclusive intra-Libyan dialogue with the ultimate goal of creating single effective government agencies in the country that would ensure Libya’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, » the ministry said.
The conversation was initiated by Libya, the Russian Foreign Ministry added.
There are two parallel bodies of executive power in Libya – the internationally recognized Government of National Accord under Fayez al-Sarraj and the Provisional Cabinet led by Abdullah Al-Thani in the country’s east. The latter is supported by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA). On December 12, 2019, Haftar said that his forces were beginning a decisive battle for the capital.