18:55 GMT +324 March 2017
    Libyan authorities are ready to coordinate efforts with Russia if it starts fighting Daesh militants in Libya, according to the country's Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani

    Saving the Sahara: Libyan PM Invites Russia to Help Fight Daesh Jihadists

    © Sputnik/ Andrey Stenin
    Get short URL

    Libyan authorities are ready to coordinate efforts with Russia if it starts fighting Daesh militants in Libya, according to the country's Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani.

    In an interview with Sputnik, Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani has signaled his country's readiness to coordinate efforts with Russia if it decides to fight Daesh, also known as the Islamic State or ISIL, on Libyan territory.

    "We want Russia to enter the fight against ISIL in Libya, and the Libyan government is ready to coordinate steps at the highest levels for the purpose," Al-Thani said.

    He added that Libyan authorities welcome initiatives from any country which provides support and helps restore stability in Libya.

    According to him, Libyan authorities expect the arrival in their country of a large number of Daesh militants who fled the Russian air strikes in Syria, with many of them already in Libya.

    The Prime Minister mentioned an array of Daesh leaders who he said have arrived in Libya in the past and who come from Algeria, Syria and Afghanistan.

    Libya is now undergoing through a political gridlock that came after the overthrow, public lynching and execution of Muammar Gaddafi during the armed conflict in 2011.

    A standoff has emerged between the legally-elected parliament, based in the eastern Libyan city of Tobruk, and the pro-Islamic General National Congress in the capital Tripoli. 

    A number of areas in Libya remain out of control of the country's authorities.

    On September 30, more than fifty Russian aircraft, including Su-24M, Su-25 and Su-34 warplanes, commenced precision airstrikes on Daesh targets in Syria at the behest of Syrian President Bashar Assad.


    Algerian FM: Foreign Intervention 'Prevented Peaceful Transition' in Libya
    NATO Secretary-General Says 'No' to Intervening in Libya
    US, UAE to Take Steps on Libya in Coming Weeks - Kerry
    Renewed Violence: Civil War in Libya May Flare Up Again
    government, fight, authorities, militants, Daesh, Abdullah al-Thani, Libya, Russia
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment

    All comments

    • jaodernein garshinvic
      Unfortunately, Russia has no magic wand...to free Libya would be a great thing, but the task is already difficult in Syria and to scatter resources is the sure recipe to defeat.
      One thing at the time.
    • avatar
      So lets start with a Russian Base in Lybia, maybe a S-400

      That could close Entire Mediterranean ocean, a good card to play against the NATO - the war machine of the Filthy Rich Elite
    • avatar
      Tactical Investor
      As we stated, Russia is destined to replace the U.S as the top power broker in the Middle East. Libya is ready to work with Russia, Egypt is trying to build relationships with Russia. In Lebanon, a friend of Assad's might win so slowly you have the beginning of a new powerful alliance.
    • avatar
      Tactical Investor in reply tojaodernein garshinvic(Show commentHide comment)
      Yes I think the same, its too much territory to cover up
    • avatar
      Fulvio Nylund
      Won't that pro-Islamic General National Congress refuse Russia's help even if they are willing? Do they have final say?
    • avatar
      Its possible to fight DAESH in Syria,Libya,Iraq,Afghanistan,Egypt,.....and other places.

      All is needed is a COALITION. China help will be useful against terrorism.
    • avatar
      Important signal to ISIS fighters considering re-locating to Libya. It may reduce the speed of their presence growing (as from 200 in the beginning of 2105 to 5000 now). Will Russia engage with Libya - very much depends on how successfully Russia led coalition in Syria will develop. Key factor - France. If President Hollande sticks with Russia, and if an official invitation from PM Libya is produced - very possible some stabilization in Libya takes place without significant military activities. It would open avenue for contracted works on Libya's economic recovery, as well - a good thing for Russia and European partners. However, Russia should not lose its sight on its own yard - Ukraine is a big enigma.
    • avatar
      This is an unexpected invitation. I agree with the above comments that the Russian resources should not be stretched as Russia has its own economic problems, etc however if the resources deployed in the Far East were to be re-deployed in this part of the world I think Russia could indeed become the goto country BUT it must openly team up with China on every level. China can take up on the Americans in the Pacific so Russian presence there (if China is Russian partner in doubles) is not necessary at the current level. Nor in the north around Baltic. Great news from Sahara.
    • Mcpaulins Ebony
      The Lybians have to call the USA and the Nato to come and help them fight Isis, They destroyed their beautiful country of all opportunities, a country that is better than european union built by Ghadafi, they have killed their savior and the doom is on. The west only care about their oil and nothing more. They should leave Russia alone because Russia never supported the overthrow and execution of Ghadafi. The Lybians are reaping what they sore and it is just the begining.
    • It won't be a surprise if the terrorists in Lybia will use that country to attack Egypt in a near future.
    Show new comments (0)