Merkel 'to attend Libya conference in Palermo'

Merkel 'to attend Libya conference in Palermo'

Angela Merkel

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel will attend an international conference on Libya being held in the Italian city of Palermo on 12-13 November, Adnkronos has learned from sources at the prime minister's office.

Merkel assured Italy's premier Giuseppe Conte she would attend the conference during "very cordial" bilateral talks on the sidelines of a summit in Brussels of European heads of state and government taking place through Thursday, the sources said.

One day of the meeting taking place on 12-13 November will be mainly focused on "Libyan interlocutors" while "many leading players from the international community will take part in the other (day)," Italy's foreign minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi told lawmakers on 3 October.

The populist government hopes all the main Libyan, regional and international power-brokers will attend the two-day conference, which is aimed at helping stabilise Italy's conflict-wracked former colony.