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Italian, Libyan PMs hold phone talks

24 marzo 2020 | 23.29
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Photo: Lorenzo Tugnoli - For The Washington Post

Italy's prime minister Giuseppe Conte spoke by phone to war-wracked Libya's internationally recognised premier Fayez al-Sarraj, Conte's office said in a statement on Tuesday.

Conte and Sarraj's phone talks came as the United Nations deplored the repeated shelling of Tripoli's Ain Zara district on Tuesday and warned the ongoing fighting between the country's warring sides could cause an outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Acting special envoy to Libya, Stephanie Williams, blamed the shelling of Ain Zara including the Al-Rwemi prison on forces allied with the self-styled Libyan National Army of eastern warlord Khalifa Haftar and urged the warring sides to immediately cease hostilities and respect a truce.

Oil-rich Libya, a former Italian colony, has been in chaos since the Nato-backed ouster of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and since 2014 has had rival administrations in Tripoli and the east backed by a myriad of armed groups.

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