RABAT, September 19 (Itar-Tass) —— Libya’s events will echo for long throughout the African continent, Russia’s envoy to Africa Mikhail Margelov told in an interview with Itar-Tass on Monday during his visit to the kingdom as he tours countries of the Dark continent.
“Africa’s zones of Sahel and Sahara are not likely to become examples of stability even in medium-term: there is too much weapon and too many armed people here, and too little control from states and international organisations,” he said.
Summarising the negotiations he had with leaders of several African countries, Margelov stressed that “the regions of Sahel and Sahara are expecting return of Russia, and, for example, economic projects, which Russia may bring.”
“Our counterparts in Africa are ready to cooperate in the financial sphere,” he continued. “And, naturally, they are interested in the activity of our foreign policy as in a key factor of stability in the world.”
Earlier, on Sunday, Margelov told Itar-Tass that Russia has realistic, good chances for development of economic projects with new Libya.
“So far I see no logic that might push decision-makers in contemporary Libya towards a refusal to cooperate with Russia,” the Russian envoy said and added that he was rather a “cautious optimist” in issues concerning prospects for economic cooperation between Moscow and Tripoli. “So far, we cannot say that there is a single agency in Libya responsible for decision-making,” he noted. “And Libya’s key problem now is not its future relations with Russia but rather in its domestic political settlement.”
“Only a government formed on the basis of counterpoises, the one that includes the maximal number of all segments of the Libyan political spectrum will be able to serve national interests of Libya in the transition period declared by the National Transitional Council of Libya,” he concluded.