Italy says Libya conference to be held in Sicily on November 12-13

Mohamed Sayala (R), foreign minister of the UN-backed Libyan government, and Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi (Xinhua)

Italy will host an international conference on Libya in Sicily next month to try to bring together opposing forces and forge dialogue in the warring nation, Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi said on Tuesday.

The meeting will be held in the Sicilian capital Palermo on Nov. 12 and 13, with key players from both within Libya and abroad expected to turn up, Moavero told parliament.

“We want to find a common solution, even though there will be different opinions around the table,” Moavero said, adding that the goal was to help restore peace in Libya and facilitate an inclusive political process ahead of possible elections.

Italy has been tussling with neighboring France over how best to deal with Libya.

Libyan rivals announced at a conference in Paris in May that they would hold elections on Dec. 10 as part of a French drive to stabilize the country.

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