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Libya's Haftar in Russia for Strategic Discussions

Tue 26 Sep 2023 | 11:13 PM
By Ahmad El-Assasy

General Khalifa Haftar, the head of the Libyan National Army (LNA), has landed in Russia for pivotal talks. 

His visit highlights Russia's increasing involvement in Libya's intricate political mosaic.

Key topics anticipated during Haftar's engagements with Russian dignitaries encompass the ongoing Libyan scenario, bilateral cooperation, and shared concerns.

Upon setting foot in Moscow, Haftar was cordially greeted by Russian Deputy Defence Minister Yunus-Bek Yevkurov. Their recent engagements, marking their third interaction in a short span, demonstrate the evolving rapport between the LNA and Russian authorities.

Post the 2011 ousting of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has been marred by political fragmentation and clashes among competing entities. With backing from different international players, Haftar has been a pivotal figure in Libya's tumultuous landscape.

 Russia's stakes in Libya, spanning sectors such as energy, weaponry, and infrastructure, have been increasingly evident.

Haftar's visit also aligns with a critical period for Libya, reeling from the aftermath of catastrophic flooding in Derna, resulting in significant loss of life and destruction.

 Anticipations are high for Russia's potential aid response to this dire situation, likely forming a part of the deliberations during the visit.

Russia's widening footprint in Africa and its escalating role in Libyan affairs have spurred discussions about the shifting regional dynamics and their bearing on the Libyan dilemma. Haftar's ongoing negotiations in Russia might influence the continuous tug-of-war within Libya and the collective global endeavors aimed at reinstating stability.

The unfolding events in Libya, influenced by prominent players like Russia and leaders such as General Haftar, are pivotal in determining the nation's forthcoming course.