Italy is not taking sides in Libya: Conte

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said his country “is not taking sides” regarding the ongoing conflict in the Libyan Capital.

During a Friday press conference in Beijing late Friday on the sidelines of Belt and Road Summit, Conte said his government is not either with head of the Presidency Council (PC) Faiez al-Sarraj, nor the Libyan National Army commander Khalifa Haftar.

“We stand with the Libyan people,” Italian Prime Minister said.

He added that the Libyan people still await peace, hoping for a stable and secured country.

On Friday, however, Conte said Rome stands against the military operation on Tripoli by the LNA.

During a phone call with Sarraj, Conte said there is no military solution for the conflict in Libya, stressing the necessity of halting all fighting inside the capital.

Sarraj expressed his relief with the “Italian government’s clear and direct position” on the escalations. He added that the Government of National Accord forces will defend Tripoli “strongly.”


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