updated 9:43 AM UTC, Dec 29, 2017

Press Release on a political agreement initialled by representatives of Libyan parties


On July 12, representatives of Libyan parties meeting in Skhirat (Morocco) initialled an agreement drafted during an intra-Libyan dialogue under the auspices of the United Nations. The General National Congress in Tripoli abstained from signing the document. Its delegation did not attend the meeting.

The agreement sets the terms, which were approved by all parties, for ending the internal Libyan conflict, and stipulates the creation of a national unity government and other central governing bodies, as well as measures to deescalate violence and ensure security and law enforcement.

Moscow has welcomed the signing as a crucial step towards advancing the political process in Libya.

We are convinced that a national consensus about the future of a sovereign and territorially undivided Libya is in the interests of all its citizens without exception. We hope that the full implementation the Skhirat accord will restore peace and security in Libya and will benefit stability in the entire region.

Russia will continue working in different formats to promote the success of UN efforts aimed at bringing peace to Libya.

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Comment by the Information and Press Department on Egyptian Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat’s death in a terrorist attack

On June 29, Egyptian Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat was killed in a car bomb attack in Cairo.

Moscow vehemently condemns this clearly premeditated crime. We reiterate our utter rejection of terror acts, regardless of the motives that their masterminds and perpetrators are guided by. We want to express our unfailing solidarity with the people of Egypt in its fight against the global terrorism threat, and voice our support for the Egyptian government’s efforts to bring stability to the country.

We express our sincere condolences to the bereaved family.

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Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian MFA on the terrorist act in Tunisia

The media reports that, on June 26, armed terrorists opened fire at tourists on the beach of the Riu Imperial Marhaba and Soviva hotels at the Port El Kantaoui tourist resort near the city of Sousse. An estimated 27 people were killed and 20 more wounded, including one Russian citizen.

So far, there have been no official reports about the national affiliation of the deceased. Russian diplomats stationed in Tunisia are working with Tunisia’s Foreign Ministry and security agencies to ascertain whether there are any other Russian citizens among the victims.

Moscow resolutely condemns this terrorist outrage against Tunisian civilians and foreign citizens aimed at undermining stability and security in friendly Tunisia. We see this as a heinous crime which cannot be justified in any way. The organisers and perpetrators must receive justice. We are offering our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the deceased.

We are calling on the Tunisian authorities to take the necessary action in order to prevent similar tragedies in the future and to do everything possible to guarantee the safe stay of foreign citizens in the country. 

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Press Release by the Information and Press Department of the Russian MFA on of the Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s exchange of congratulatory messages with Mozambique’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Oldemiro Baloi

In connection with the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Mozambique, observed on June 25, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Mozambique’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Oldemiro Baloi exchanged congratulatory messages.

The foreign ministers praised the actively developing political dialogue between Moscow and Maputo and underscored their readiness to continue working together to expand mutually beneficial cooperation in trade and other spheres. They reaffirmed their commitment to closely coordinating the positions of Russia and Mozambique in the international arena in the interest of strengthening peace, stability and security on the African continent.

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Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian MFA on the Ethiopian general election

On May 24, Ethiopia held a general election. On June 22, the National Election Board published the official election returns showing that the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has won a landslide victory. It received 546 out of 547 seats at the House of Peoples' Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament. The EPRDF and its supporters also received an overwhelming majority of seats at regional legislative assemblies.

African Union observers have noted the peaceful and well-organised nature of the election campaign and the election itself, as well as the absence of major violations that might have influenced the voting process.

Moscow welcomes an Ethiopian general election that highlights the popular support for the government’s efforts to ensure stable national political and socioeconomic development.

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