The eastern based Libyan government (unrecognised by most of the international community) reported last Tuesday (31 October) that its Foreign Minister met the Russian Ambassador to Libya, Aydar Aganin, and his accompanying delegation.
It reported that the two discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the ‘‘two countries’’ and develop them for the benefit of the two friendly peoples.
The eastern based Libyan government reported that the meeting touched on the importance of reopening the Russian Consulate in the city of Benghazi, and establishing activities that enhance joint work between the two countries, in addition to discussing Russian participation in the major international event (Benghazi, Capital of Culture in the Islamic World for the Year 2023 AD) and other joint programmes.
The meeting came in response to the instructions of the Prime Minister, Dr. Osama Hammad, on the necessity of strengthening regional and international relations between the Libyan government and all countries of the world, in a way that ensures the achievement of common interests between Libya and other countries.
Russia recognises Tripoli based Libyan government
It is worth noting that Russia officially only recognises the Tripoli based Libyan government and Aganin met Tripoli based Libyan prime minister Abd Alhamid Aldabaiba last August in Tripoli to discuss, among other matters, the reopening of the Russian embassy in Tripoli.