Libya’s Khalifa Haftar, whose self-styled army operates in the country’s east, was in Rome Monday for talks ahead of next month’s Sicily conference on the conflict-hit North African nation.
Italy is trying to convince Haftar to support a crisis resolution plan drawn up by the UN’s envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, which will be presented to the Security Council a few days before the Sicily meet, Italian media reported.
Haftar arrived in the Italian capital on Sunday and met with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte for a series of meetings ahead of the November 12 to 13 summit, which will be held in Palermo.
The Italian premier had also held separate meetings on Friday with the head of Libya’s UN-backed government, Fayez Al-Sarraj, and the UN’s Salame.
Libya remains mired in chaos since the fall of dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.