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Russian Diplomacy Reacts to the Letter Sent by Libya’s Saif al-Islam Gaddafi to Vladimir Putin

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who does not hide his intention to lead Libya, has sent a letter to Vladimir Putin. For Russian diplomacy, none of Libya’s political actors should be excluded from the national political process.

Russian diplomacy reacts to the letter sent by Saif al-Islam Kadhafi to Vladimir Putin© Ismail Zitouny Source: Reuters
Saif al-Islam, the son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi speaks at a rally in Tripoli on March 10, 2011.

“Our position is that no one should be isolated and excluded from a constructive political role,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told RIA Novosti on 24 December when he was commenting on a news report. reported a few days earlier by Bloomberg . According to the agency, a representative of Saif al-Islam Kadhafi, son of the former Libyan leader, reportedly sent Russian officials a letter to Vladimir Putin.

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In this letter, the son of Muammar Gaddafi reportedly exposed to the Russian President his roadmap to get the country out of the crisis and asked for political support, while he seeks the Libyan presidency . The US agency also said that Russian diplomats had spoken with him by video link shortly after his release in June 2017.

“Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has the support of some tribes in Libya and this should be included in the political process,” said Mikhail Bogdanov.

Saif al-Islam Kadhafi announced on March 19, through one of his spokesmen, Aymen Bourass, from Tunis, his candidacy for the next Libyan presidential election under the banner of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Libya ( FPLL). Still under arrest warrant issued by  the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity , Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was released as part of a general amnesty proclaimed by the parliament installed in Tobruk (recognized by the international community), after being detained for almost six years by the Abu Bakr al-Sadiq Brigade, one of the armed groups controlling the town of Zenten, in northwestern Libya. Since then, he has taken refuge in the Tunisian capital, according to several media. He does not

Originally scheduled for December 10, 2018, the Libyan presidential election was postponed until spring 2019, following a national conference early next year, supposed to end a transition period troubled by political and security crises since military intervention of NATO in 2011.

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