Russian FM paves the way for Putin’s visit to Libya

President Putin and Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi will meet following the completion of preparatory talks, according to Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The minister is currently on a two-day visit to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, where he's bee

“Like any summit, the meeting between Vladimir Putin and Muammar al-Gaddafi should be well prepared,” said Lavrov.

“It's important for both sides to join efforts in order to end all talks on key issues. Both parties intend to do this and we will continue all our efforts,” he continued.

Lavrov presented Gaddafi with a letter from the Russian head of state. The two discussed ways of expanding co-operation between their two countries, including in the economic and military spheres.  

Sergey Lavrov stressed the countries also need to work together on issues of international importance, such as Iraq, the Middle East and Africa.  

“We have a common vision of the situation in the world. We understand the necessity of democratising international relations. We need a collective approach in solving different conflicts and crises. As of January 1, Libya will enter the UN Security Council.  In January it will also preside at the Council. We have plenty of tasks in this connection as well. Today we’ve discussed our prospects in this area,” said Lavrov.