Seif al-Islam letter to Putin reveals roadmap to resolve Libya crisis

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A member in the delegation of Seif al-Islam, the son of slain Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, has revealed the contents of a letter handed over to Russian President Vladimir Putin, pointing out that the letter requests Moscow to support a roadmap to solve the Libyan crisis.

Mohammed al-Qailouchi told the media that Seif al-Islam presented his point of view of the solution in Libya, which was based on two main points: the success of the national forum leading to comprehensive national reconciliation, provided that everyone participates without exclusion, besides holding transparent elections. It emphasized that Seif al-Islam supports the international roadmap proposed by the UN Special Envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame.

Qailouchi said that he held several meetings last Tuesday, with Russian officials, including Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, during which they conveyed the view of Seif al-Islam Qaddafi and clarified the picture of the situation in Libya and ways to resolve the crisis, saying they were welcomed by the Russian side on which the Libyans depend on, in view of the historical relations between the two countries.

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The member said that this visit to Russia comes within a series of tasks carried out by the political team of the son of Qaddafi, in order to restore stability.

For his part, Libyan MP Ali Saeed al-Qaidi said that the delegation that visited Russia as the representative of Seif al-Islam Qaddafi, is part of the Libyan society aimed at persuading the Russians to be represented at the national conference, which the UN envoy Salame promised in his last statement before the Security Council.

In his interview with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, al-Qaidi hoped that the letter of Seif al-Islam to the Russian foreign ministry would contain a solution to the Libyan crisis. Seif al-Islam Qaddafi has not appeared publicly since he was released from prison in Zintan, south of Tripoli in June 2017, where he has been detained since the overthrow of the regime of his father in 2011.

Libya remains divided between the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli and headed by Fayez al-Sarraj and a rival administration in the east, headed by Khalifa Haftar, whose self-styled Libyan National Army dominates the area.

The GNA was set up under a 2015 UN-brokered deal that raised hopes of an easing of the chaos that followed the 2011 NATO-backed revolution which ousted Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.