Libyan politicians said on Wednesday that they had delivered a letter from the son of the late Libyan leader, Col. Muammar Gaddafi, to the Russian Foreign Ministry, including means of ending the eight-year political crisis that has hit the country.
This came about two weeks after a Russian official disclosed contacts between his country and Saif al-Islam Gaddafi. Gaddafi sent his member of his political team, Mohammed al-Galyoushi, to Moscow to broker a Libyan solution to the Libyan crisis.
Galyoushi told Asharq Al-Awsat he delivered Gaddafi’s message to Russia’s foreign ministry and was received by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, who is also President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy to the Middle East and Africa.
The letter stresses that Libyans should discuss their own affairs without excluding or discriminating any party in order to determine their fate through a comprehensive reconciliation and to prepare for the upcoming elections, according to Galyoushi.
He told “Russia Today” that he arrived in Russia as the head of a delegation of Gaddafi’s political team after arranging for the meeting with the Russian government.
This visit was made to hand over Gaddafi’s letter, which includes his view on resolving the crisis and his full support of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya’s roadmap that was submitted by Ghassan Salame to the Security Council.
Libyan politicians were surprised by this visit, pointing out that Libya’s current problem is due to foreign interventions in the first place rather than internal problems.
“Such visits would undermine the solution in the country and prolong the crisis,” said an MP from Misrata. But member of the House of Representatives Ali al-Said al-Qaidi said that the delegation that visited Russia is part of the Libyan society.
Gaddafi aimed at persuading the Russians of the necessity of being represented in the inclusive national conference of which Salame promised to hold in his last statement before the Security Council, Qaidi stressed. He told Asharq Al-Awsat that he hoped Gaddafi’s letter includes a solution for the Libyan crisis.