Italy to ‘pressure’ regional parties into ending support for Libyan warring factions

Italy seeks to put pressure on key regional parties to stop supporting the warring factions and resume the political process in Libya, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Thursday.

Conte added that his country’s second objective to achieve in Libya is the de-escalation of the Libyan crisis to ensure the cease of fire.

He explained that the second objective can be fulfilled through supporting the efforts of U.N. Envoy Ghassan Salame, stressing that the crisis cannot be ended by a military solution.

This came three weeks after the head of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiez al-Sarraj paid an unannounced visit to Italy to request support and convince Italy to play a bigger role in politically supporting the GNA amid its war with the Libyan National Army (LNA).

During the visit, Sarraj held a meeting with Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini in Milan, during which they discussed the consequences of the ongoing war in Libya, including illegal migration, about which Italy has disagreements with other European countries.


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