Italian sources: PM Conte held a meeting with Khalifa Haftar on the situation in Libya during Rome visit

Alwasat - Cairo Thu 16 May 2019, 09:44 PM
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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday held a meeting with Libyan Army Commander General Khalifa Haftar on the situation in Libya against the backdrop of the war in Tripoli.

The sources said that he is expected to leave Rome for Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Maaron, according to the Italian news agency AKI.

In a joint statement, Italy and France stressed the importance of an immediate ceasefire in Libya and called for "the resumption of dialogue within the framework of the United Nations command to allow Libyan citizens to decide their future through democratic elections."

"Improving the situation of the civilian population is a priority and requires a humanitarian truce. The political process must be based on the principles and rules agreed at the Paris, Palermo and Abu Dhabi conferences, and we assume that all parties are unequivocally distancing themselves from terrorist groups," the statement said.

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