Tripoli residents have mixed expectations for Palermo meeting on Libya crisis

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Tripoli residents have expressed mixed expectations regarding an international conference on the Libyan crisis set to be hosted by the Italian government this week.

Political analyst, Sami El-Atrash, said he did not expect a new way forward for Libya would emerge after the meeting, which he described as a political rather than a practical exercise.

The conference, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in the Italian city of Palermo, is aimed at bringing together all parties involved in the Libyan conflict in order to reach a political solution to a crisis that has plagued the country for years.

Rome announced that regional and international players linked to Libya would be represented, such as Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria, as well as the US, France and the European Union.

Illegal immigration, presidential elections and support for a potential ceasefire will feature high on the conference agenda.

Seven years after the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi’s regime, Libya is still floundering between two rival political authorities, the UN-backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli and the Interim Government in the Libyan east supported by Marshal Khalifa Hafter.

The country’s economy is also severely strained despite its large oil wealth.

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