Italian FM tells Haftar Libya solution 'cannot be military'

'External interference not accepted'

13 February, 18:26

    Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio meets with General Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio meets with General Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi

    ROME - Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio stressed to General Khalifa Haftar in meeting with him on Thursday in Benghazi that the solution to the ongoing conflict in the country ''cannot be military''.

    ''In Libya there is a population that wants answers. The answer cannot, however, be military in any way. Weapons and bombing are not needed. The road to be followed must inevitably be that of dialogue and diplomacy,'' Di Maio wrote after the meeting.

    ''We are working so that this road be taken by both the parties involved and it is fundamental for us that the results of the Berlin conference be respected,'' he added in his post.

    ''I reiterated to General Haftar that Italy does not accept any external interference and that there is the need to work hard for a permanent ceasefire,'' the minister continued. On Sunday, he added, he will be in Munich for a conference following on the heels of the Berlin one, ''where I will be able to meet with counterparts from other countries involved in the Libya issue. Next week, in Rome, I will be meeting with Russian minister Lavrov along with Defense Minister Guerini.''

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