Russian, Egyptian presidents urge political settlement to Libyan crisis

2020-01-13 09:28:56 GMT2020-01-13 17:28:56(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

MOSCOW, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, said Friday that the Libyan crisis has to be resolved through political dialogue.

During a phone conversation, Putin and Sisi expressed the need to "increase international efforts to settle the crisis in Libya by peaceful means and through establishing political dialogue between the parties to the conflict," the Kremlin said in a statement.

The two leaders also discussed the situation in Syria and the Persian Gulf as well as Russia-Egypt cooperation in the field of nuclear energy, the statement said.

Libya has been locked in a civil war since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Several armed militias of different backgrounds emerged, and have been fighting each other to take power, although a peace deal was signed by the warring parties on Dec. 17, 2015 in the Moroccan city of Skhirat.