Serraj Says Russia Could Be Intermediary With Haftar
In an interview with Reuters yesterday, Fayez al-Serraj, prime minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA), said that he thinks Russia could be a useful intermediary for political talks with Haftar, although he said that no agreement was made in Cairo last week.
Asked whether Moscow could become a useful intermediary to pass on political messages or pressure to Haftar, Seraj said”Yes”.”We hope that Russia will play a positive role in resolving the Libyan crisis,” he said on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. “We hope that anyone getting involved in Libya will have a positive effect in the sense that the message that I want to sit down with the other Libyan parties reaches them.”
Seraj has already held talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Moscow’s ambassador in Libya. Referring to these meetings, he said: “We sent a clear message, we don’t want to exclude any military leaders. We want to unite the military forces, we want to fight against terrorism together, we want military forces to come under a political umbrella.”
Egyptian sources had said Seraj and Haftar agreed to honor a plan for creating a joint committee to negotiate reconciliation and elections by February 2018. But Seraj said: “There was no agreement in Cairo… Unfortunately the other side remains stubborn in rejecting dialogue.”
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