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Italian PM Meets Haftar, Reiterates Need for Ceasefire

Italian PM Meets Haftar, Reiterates Need for Ceasefire

Thursday, 16 May, 2019 - 16:45
A handout photo made available by the Chigi Palace Press Office shows Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (R) meeting with LNA leader Khalifa Haftar (L) in his office at the Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy, 16 May 2019. EPA/FILIPPO ATTILI
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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte met on Thursday with visiting Libyan National Army chief Khalifa Haftar.

"Prime Minister Conte reiterated the need to agree to a ceasefire as soon as possible to avoid a humanitarian crisis in the country and safeguard the already difficult conditions of the Libyan people," his office said following the talks in Rome.

A French presidential source told Reuters that French President Emmanuel Macron will meet Haftar in the middle of next week to discuss how to resume peace talks in Libya.

Macron last week called for a ceasefire in the month-long battle for Libya's capital Tripoli after meeting the head of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj.

"They will discuss the situation in Libya, the conditions for a return to political dialogue following the visit of Sarraj and in co-ordination with the United Nations and partners," the source said.

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