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Libya's PM Sarraj to hold talks with Conte in Rome

17 settembre 2019 | 18.04
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Fayez al-Sarraj - Photo: AFP

Italy's premier Giuseppe Conte meet Libya's prime minister Fayez al-Sarraj in Rome on Wednesday, Adnkronos has learned.

Sarraj's visit is taking place on the same day that France's president Emmanuel Macron is due to holds talks in Rome with Conte. Those talks are expected to cover a range of hot-button issues including Libya, Iran and migration.

Sarraj last met Conte in Rome in May, weeks after the deadly battle for control of Tripoli began on 5 April when Libya's eastern warlord Khalifa Haftar's forces mounted a ground and aerial offensive against militias loyal to the United Nations backed Sarraj government.

Conte and Macron are likely to mull an international conference attended by all sides in the Libyan conflict aimed at a truce in Tripoli and the resumption of political negotiations, as called for by G7 leaders at their summit in Biarritz, France, last month.

Italy has sought to play a leading role in diplomatic efforts towards stabilising Libya and last November hosted a summit in Palermo to show support for United Nations policy in the war-torn country.

The Palermo summit was attended by delegations from 38 countries, including Russia, the United States, Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, as well as representatives of many rival Libyan factions fighting for power in the country including Sarraj and Haftar.

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