Тhe government of Saraj refused a truce in Libya
The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, discussed the interaction on the Syrian issue by telephone. The parties confirmed the importance of the preparation of the summit of the »Astana Three», planned to be held in Tehran. «The intent to further enhance the cooperation for the sake of a comprehensive settlement of the Syrian crisis was confirmed. It’ll be done with the support of the international community, in line with the UN Security Council resolutions. The commitment of the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran, as the guarantor countries of the Astana format, was confirmed as well. The ministers underlined the importance of preparations for the next summit of the »Astana Three», planned to be held in Tehran» — the Russian Foreign Ministry reports.
«The Libyan Government of National Accord refused to cease fire in the country. The government considers the ceasefire to be an attempt to save the commander of the Libyan National Army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, from the constant defeats» — said Mohammed Al-Kab-lawi, the spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the Libyan Government of National Accord, during an interview to the ‘RIA NEWS’. «The government previously announced the position on the ceasefire and completely refused it, since it is an attempt to gain some time and save Haftar and his troops from the constant defeats» — said the representative of the Government of National Accord. Earlier, the Libyan National Army announced a suspension of hostilities for the month of Ramadan.
The news website »Afrigatenews» reported that the Libyan National Army Air Force commander, Sakr al-Jarushi, has announced the preparations of the LNA to carry out the largest air operation in the Libyan history. «All the facilities of the Turkish interest in all the occupied cities are a legitimate target for the Libyan army planes» — ‘Afrigatenews’ quoted the commander of the LNA Air Force. He also called on the civilians to stay away from the facilities that could be attacked by the LNA. He assured that everything possible will be done to protect the Libyan people.
The Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, stated on Twitter that the USA didn’t allow the UN Security Council to accept a statement, proposed by Russia, that condemned the interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela, as well as the encroachment on their sovereignty. The Russian diplomat underlined that the text of the document, proposed by Russia, didn’t contain «any accusations. Only support for the basic and general principles. The proposal was ‘murdered’ by the US Permanent Mission 9 minutes after the start of the default adoption procedure» — Polyansky explained.
The ‘Al-Sumaria’ TV reported that the Iraqi intelligence agencies have announced the capture of a possible successor to the ex-ISIS leader that was eliminated by Washington, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “Today, the terrorist Abdel Nasser Kardash was arrested. He is a contestant for the al-Baghdadi’s place. The arrest was made on the basis of reliable information” — the ‘Al-Sumaria’ TV quoted the Iraqi intelligence agency.
The Special Representative of the Russian president for the Middle East and Africa, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, discussed the issues of the Palestinian-Israeli settlement, via telephone, with Ahmed Majdalyani, a member of the Executive Committee of the »Palestine Liberation Organization», and the Secretary General of the »Palestinian People’s Front». «Russia has confirmed its position in favor of a creation of a Palestinian independent state, within the 1967 borders, with a capital in the East Jerusalem, in accordance with the well-known international legal framework that includes the resolutions of the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly, and the Arab Peace Initiative» — the Russian Foreign Ministry reported. It was underlined that Russia stated the readiness «to assist the Palestinians and the Israelis in the establishment of the direct negotiations under the international lead as an intermediary, together with the USA, the EU, and the UN». It was reported that the conversation was initiated by the Palestinian side. Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.