Italian PM Affirms Italy Has No Role in Libyan Conflict

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On Saturday, the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said that his country acknowledges the importance of reaching a political solution to the Libyan crisis.

In press statements, Conte added that Italy may have interests in Libya but that it is not a party to the proxy war in the North African country.

The Italian prime minister stressed the importance of dialogue with Turkey on the Libyan crisis, energy, illegal migration and security issues due to Ankara’s strategic role in the region.

He also called for an end to the bloody civil war following ceasefire initiatives brought by the Tripoli-based government and the Libyan eastern-based parliament. Conte stressed that stability in Libya will be achieved through a political process in line with decisions made by the UN Security Council and the Berlin Conference.

Libya has plunged into chaos since a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 toppled long time ruler Muammar Gaddafi, who was later killed. The country has since split between rival eastern and western-based administrations, each backed by armed groups and foreign governments.