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Bashagha to AP: Libya to talk business with Russia if mercenaries leave

The Libyan Interior Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fathi Bashagha, has told Russia that Libya is prepared to talk business if the mercenaries leave, according to The Associated Press (AP).

Bashagha has credited US efforts in helping defeat ISIS militants in the coastal city of Sirte in 2016, saying cooperation with the US is ongoing and has warned that extremists regained a foothold during an attempt by Khalifa Haftar to capture Tripoli.

Bashagha also hoped the US would back the upcoming operation in the west “to finish off terrorist elements that have infiltrated Libya,” saying Turkey has already pledged support and stressed that ““the security and stability of Libya is important for Europe and the US”.

Bashagha told AP earlier this week that hopes in Libya were greatly lifted by Joe Biden’s election victory in the US, adding that he hoped that the new administration would have a major role in Libya’s stability and reconciliation.

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