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Italy calls for the acceleration of “Berlin Conference” on Libyan crisis

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Italy on Friday called for the acceleration of the conference that the German capital Berlin will host to find a solution to the Libyan crisis.

This came in media statements made by Italian Foreign Minister Luigi de Mayo, after his participation in the meeting of foreign ministers of European Union countries, in the Belgian capital, Brussels.

De Mayo said that “setting a date for the conference is important, because our goal is to bring the European countries and the international community together at the same table, in order for the Libyan parties to reach a solution.”

He added that the European role in ending the “proxy war” in Libya is central.

He continued: “Libya is only a few miles away from Italy, and it is threatened by instability and the threat of terrorism.”

And he added: “During my recent visits to Istanbul, Cairo, and Algeria, I asked for support for the Berlin (conference) path, and I got a positive response.”

Germany is seeking to bring together countries concerned with Libyan affairs at a conference in Berlin, in an attempt to reach a political solution to the conflict.

The date of the conference was not specified, but media reports spoke earlier that it would be held in January this year, after it was postponed more than once due to differences between the ten countries invited to it.

The countries are: the United States of America, Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Egypt, and the UAE.

The forces of retired Major General Khalifa Haftar, who are backed by regional countries, dispute the internationally recognized Libyan government of Al-Wefaq, over the legitimacy and authority of the oil-rich country.

The Haftar attack on Tripoli since last April has aborted the efforts of the United Nations to hold a dialogue conference between the Libyans, as part of an international road map to address the Libyan crisis.

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