Source says Libyan Parliament Head will pay official visit to Moscow

The head of the House of Representatives (Parliament) sitting in eastern Libya, Akilya Saleh, will pay an official visit to Moscow to discuss the political process in the country, a Libyan diplomatic source from the House told the reporters.

According to the source, Saleh will leave for Moscow after a meeting in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that will be held on Saturday.

“The head of the Libyan House of Representatives is likely to make an official visit to the Russian capital Moscow tomorrow (on Sunday – ed.) to conduct negotiations and consultations on the political process in the country”, – the source said.

In late April, the head of the Libyan parliament put forward a new initiative for a political settlement in the country. He proposed a roadmap consisting of several points. According to his proposal, each of the three regions (three historical regions of Libya: Tripolitania, Cyrenaica and Fezzan) chooses the one who will represent them in the Presidential Council, which will consist of the head of the council and his two deputies. Saleh asked the UN Secretary General to support his proposals.

After the overthrow and assassination of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya virtually ceased to function as a single state. Dual power reigns in the country now. In the east, the parliament is elected by the people, and in the west, in the capital Tripoli, it is governed by the Government of National Accord, formed with the support of the UN and the European Union, led by Fayez Sarraj. The authorities of the eastern part of the country operate independently of Tripoli and cooperate with the Libyan National Army of Marshal Khalifa Haftar.