Germany calls Libya conference in Berlin

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BERLIN, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Germany is inviting world major powers to a conference on Sunday to address the conflict in Libya, according to a statement by the German Federal Government on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the conference will be joined by envoys from the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Republic of the Congo, Italy, Egypt and Algeria. UN, the European Union, the African Union and the Arab League will also be represented.

The statement said German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the conference after the consultation with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

"With the aim of supporting the work of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Special Envoy Ghassan Salame towards a sovereign Libya and for a reconciliation process, Chancellor Merkel is calling for a Libya conference in Berlin on Sunday," German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Twitter.

The statement said that Germany has been hosting a consultation process on the Libya conflict since September 2019, which accompanies the work of Guterres and Salame, who's also head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). The aim is to support the UN efforts for a sovereign Libya and for the inner-Libyan reconciliation process through a group of states and international organizations.

The news came after the leader of Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar left peace talks in Moscow without signing an agreement with the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday he was optimistic about sealing an agreement to resolve Libya conflict at the conference this weekend.

Maas told journalists that the German government was of the view that "the military conflict could only be resolved when the influence from abroad is ended, and all those who are exercising influence agree to stop providing military goods to the different warring parties in the future." Enditem

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