February 3, 2017 / 8:36 AM / 9 months ago

Russia says expects Libyan PM Sarraj to visit Moscow this month

MOSCOW, Feb 3 (Reuters) - The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday it expected the head of the U.N.-backed Libyan government, Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, to visit Moscow this month.

Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the ministry, told a news briefing that Russia was trying to help ensure Libya held together as a single country and wanted competing factions to resolve their differences through talks not violence. (Reporting by Andrew Osborn and Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Christian Lowe)

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