Russian Envoy Warns: Jihadis from Iraq and Syria Will Turn Libya into one of the Largest Platforms for Terrorism – Al Marsad

In a speech to the Security Council, the Russian Deputy to the UN warns the Security Council members that the transfer of Jihadis from Iraq and Syria to Libya will transform it into one of the largest platforms for terrorism in North Africa.

[Libya, 30 July 2019] – The Russian Deputy Envoy to the United Nations, Vladimir Safronkov, said that Russia supports the Head of UNSMIL, Ghassan Salamé, in his efforts to resolve the conflict. He pointed out the importance of learning from the geopolitical repercussions of the Libyan case.

The Russian Deputy Envoy to the United Nations, Vladimir Safronkov

In a speech made yesterday, Monday, in a Security Council meeting about Libya, Safronkov said that the situation degenerated because of the destruction of the Libyan state’s institutions following the events of 2011. He reminded those at the Security Council that Russian diplomats have been calling since the outbreak of the conflict for channelling international and regional efforts to bring the stakeholders in Libya together in order to combat terrorism.

Safronkov argued that the situation is all the more dire today due to the transportation of what he termed as jihadists from Iraq and Syria to Libya which can turn it to one of the biggest platforms of terrorism in North Africa. He was no doubt referring to evidence of jihadi fighters from Idlib joining the Government of National Accord (GNA)-backed forces in Tripoli.

Safronkov also pointed out the fact that his country has no secret agendas in Libya, insisting that Russia is keen on reaching out to all stakeholders in order to find a political solution and giving the United Nations and Ghassan Salamé a more pivotal role in this process.

He also added that Moscow supports Salamé’s plan to put an end to the crisis since it focuses on the principle of the necessity of uniting the foreign stakeholders’ positions on the matter immediately. He also asked the member countries of the Security Council to set aside their agendas and stand together within the framework of the United Nations in order to resume the negotiations that aim at uniting Libyans and enabling them to manage the resources of their country in an independent manner.

He finished his statement by urging the United Nations to relaunch the political negotiations under its supervision to empower Libyans and help them utilise their country’s immense riches.

© Al Marsad English. 2019.