Merkel calls for an expanded summit on Libya in Berlin


German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Tuesday for a broad summit on Libya in the German capital, Berlin, next Sunday.

A statement issued by Merkel’s office stated, “The German Chancellor decided to host the meeting on discussing mediation efforts for peace in Libya, after consulting with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres.”

Berlin, Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the internationally-recognized Al-Wefaq government, and Khalifa Haftar, called for a meeting next Sunday, according to the Associated Press.

Officials were also invited from the United States, Turkey, Britain, Russia, France, China, the UAE and a number of Arab and African countries, which were not named, according to the American agency.

Earlier Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that Haftar left Moscow without signing the ceasefire agreement, the channel “Russia Today” reported.

Germany is seeking to bring together countries concerned with Libyan affairs, at a conference in the capital, Berlin, on January 19, in an attempt to find a political solution to the conflict.

Berlin has invited 11 countries to participate in the conference, which are the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Egypt, the Emirates and Algeria.

On Monday, Moscow hosted indirect quad talks on Libya between representatives of the Russian and Turkish sides, a delegation of the Libyan government and another of the government backed by retired general Khalifa Haftar.

Moscow announced that both the President of the National Accord Government, Fayez al-Sarraj, and the Libyan Supreme Council of State Khaled al-Masri signed a text of a draft ceasefire, while the delegation of Hifter and the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Tobruk (East) asked for Aqila Saleh, until Tuesday morning.

And last Wednesday, President Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, issued a joint statement, in which he called for a ceasefire in Libya, starting from midnight on Saturday and Sunday, which the Libyan parties responded to.

Since April 4, Haftar’s forces have launched an offensive to seize the capital, Tripoli (west), the seat of the internationally recognized “National Accord” government, which aborted the efforts of the United Nations to hold a dialogue conference between the Libyans.


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