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Russia says it's ready to talk to Libyan rebels

Russia says it's ready to talk to Libyan rebels

Russia's foreign minister says that Moscow is ready to hold talks with the Libyan rebels to discuss peaceful settlement of the crisis in their country.
Sergey Lavrov said Monday that a delegation of Libyan rebels had planned to come to Moscow for talks but canceled the trip for technical reasons. He voiced hope that they would be able to visit Moscow soon.
Lavrov said that he would also hold talks later Monday with Abdel Elah al-Khatib, U.N. special envoy for Libya. Lavrov added that Russian diplomats were scheduled to meet in Moscow Tuesday with representatives of the Libyan government.
Russia abstained in the U.N. vote that sanctioned the international military operation in Libya and has voiced concern about civilian casualties and excessive use of force since the operation began. It has offered to play mediator to help end hostilities.


Updated : 2021-05-17 00:07 GMT+08:00