Italy’s Di Maio holds talks with Libya’s rival leaders

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio attends a press conference at Ciampino airport after returning from his mission to Libya, Rome, Italy, 17 December 2019. EPA-EFE/ETTORE FERRARI

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Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio has reiterated his country’s backing for Libya’s United Nations-recognised government during a visit to the capital, according to the Tripoli-based administration.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Government of National Accord (GNA) said Di Maio had met its head, Fayez al-Sarraj, and renewed “Italy’s support” for it, as well as for the efforts of UN Libya envoy Ghassan Salame to revive the political process in the country.

The Italian official expressed hope that an international conference on Libya set to be held in Berlin in January, according to the UN, could lead to a “consensus” between countries involved in the Libyan crisis, the statement added.

The Berlin conference was called with an aim of ending international divisions over Libya and paving the way for a political solution to the conflict.

Separately on Tuesday, Di Maio met al-Sarraj’s rival, renegade General Khalifa Haftar at the headquarters of the self-styled Libyan National Army in al-Rajma, east of Benghazi.

The pro-Haftar al-Marsad news website posted a video of the meeting, but did not provide details.


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