Germany sets out broad aims for Berlin Libya conference

A tank belonging to the Libyan UN-recognized government forces arrives during the fighting with the LNA in Ain Zara, Tripoli. (File photo: Reuters)

Berlin hopes to get all international players to use their influence to push for progress on Libya peace talks, a German Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, setting out modest ambitions for a Berlin peace conference this weekend.

Spokesman Rainer Breul said the aim was “broader” than the
Moscow conference, whose aim had been to secure a ceasefire.

A German government spokesman declined to give a precise list of the conference’s participants and could not confirm whether Libya’s Fayez al-Sarraj and Khalifa Haftar would attend Sunday’s summit, but said the invitations had “resonated” well with the invitees.

Berlin has invited al-Sarraj, who heads the UN-recognized government in Tripoli, and Haftar, who leads the Libyan National Army, an armed group in the east that does not recognize the Tripoli government.

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