Libya Wants to Start Anti-Terrorism Cooperation with Russia

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TEHRAN (FNA)- Libyan Armed Forces’ Commander Brigadier General Khalifa Hafter voiced his country’s readiness to cooperate with Russia in fighting terrorism.

“We welcome support from Russia in fighting terrorism,” Hafter told reporters after his meeting with United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Chief Martin Kobler in the city of Marj, Northeastern Libya.

He reiterated that if Russia proposes a plan for fighting terrorism in Libya, Tripoli will cooperate with Moscow.

Hafter reiterated that Russians are serious in fight against terrorists.

Libya is run by two main rival factions. The country’s capital Tripoli, is controlled by a political faction allied to powerful armed forces based in the city of Misrata which reinstated the previous parliament in the capital.

The internationally-recognized government of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni is based in the eastern city of Bayda, with its elected parliament moved from the capital Tripoli to Tobruk.

On December 13, an international meeting calling for an immediate ceasefire across Libya was held in Italy  to urge Libyan political groups to sign a peace deal brokered by the United Nations.

The representatives from 17 countries including Egypt, Germany, Russia, the US, Turkey, and China signed a joint statement calling for an immediate ceasefire and promising to cut off contacts with factions that do not sign the deal.

“We stand ready to support the implementation of the political agreement and underline our firm commitment to providing the Government of National Accord with full political backing and technical, economic, security and counter-terrorism assistance, as requested,” the statement said.

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