The Dallas Morning News

Interim Libyan leader has Kremlin meeting


MOSCOW — The head of Libya’s interim government has met in Moscow with Russia’s prime minister and security council head, and spoke by telephone with President Vladimir Putin.

The Kremlin said Putin told Libyan premier Abdul Hamid Dbeibah in Thursday’s conversati­on that Russia will “continue to promote the inter-libyan political process in order to achieve long-term stability in Libya, strengthen its sovereignt­y and unity, and ensure progressiv­e socioecono­mic developmen­t.”

In March Dbeibah became prime minister of an interim government that aims to lead the country through elections scheduled for December. The government’s appointmen­t has revived hopes for stability in oil-rich Libya, which plunged into chaos a decade ago when a Nato-backed uprising in 2011 toppled longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi.

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