Walid Abdullah / Anatolia

The President of the Libyan Presidential Council, Muhammad Al-Manfi, said that it is necessary to work to strengthen his country’s relations with Russia, stressing the importance of Moscow’s role in the success of the political process and stability in Libya.

This came during his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in New York, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, according to a statement published by the Presidential Council, late Friday evening.

The statement said, “Lavrov praised the steps taken recently by the council to release a number of prisoners, within the framework of the national reconciliation project.”

Lavrov stressed the need for the simultaneous withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign forces from Libya, and to move forward with the reconciliation project to ensure that the elections are held on time.

He expressed his support for political efforts aimed at achieving stability in Libya, praising the role of the Presidential Council in leading national reconciliation and internal consensus, according to the same source.

Recently, tensions have returned between the institutions of governance in Libya, as a result of differences between the House of Representatives on the one hand and the Supreme Council of State, the unity government and the Presidential Council on the other hand, especially over the powers and electoral bills.

The differences threaten the political breakthrough that Libya has witnessed for months, as an elected transitional authority, comprising a unity government and a presidential council, assumed its duties on March 16 to lead the country to parliamentary and presidential elections on December 24.

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