Italy FM pushes diplomacy on surprise Libya visit

ROME, Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio made a flying visit to Libya on Tuesday for talks with the nation’s warring parties in a shuttle diplomacy bid to end the eight-year long conflict.

The Italian foreign minister held talks with senior Libyan officials in the capital Tripoli, including the country’s internationally recognized Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj and Foreign Minister Mohamed Siyala, read a foreign ministry statement.

From there, he will head to Libya’s second city Benghazi for talks with military commander Khalifa Haftar and chief lawmaker Aguila Saleh, all of which will “center on the Libyan conflict,” added the statement.

Italy, France and Germany have launched a collective diplomatic initiative that calls for a complete ceasefire and a comprehensive political solution to the conflict in Libya.

Source: Kuwait News Agency