Situation in Libya

Libyan crisis to be discussed in Berlin

Daily Sabah – Germany will attempt to arbitrate a permanent solution for the Libyan crisis, as the sides will gather in Berlin to figure out a way to ensure that the country holds general elections in December.

The efforts to end a decade long spiral of violence in Libya would bring the country’s transitional government, as well as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, to Berlin for the in-person U.N.-sponsored talks.

In a phone call with Libyan interim Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush just days ahead of the meeting, Blinken “stressed the United States’ commitment to increasing diplomatic engagement to promote international efforts supporting progress in Libya.”

Like host German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Blinken and Mangoush harked back to last year’s meeting and the pledges made but which have not been fully implemented.

The presidents of Russia, Turkey and France had then vowed to end foreign meddling in Libya and withdraw foreign militants or troops.

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