Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 February 2020

Libya conflict: latest updates from the Berlin summit

The one-day meeting attempted stabilise the country which has witnessed chaos in recent years

A high-level summit in Berlin aimed at ending Libya’s bitter civil war has concluded with a pledge to end the flow of weapons into the North African nation.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who hosted the conference of 11 nations on Sunday, told reporters progress had been made to build towards peace in Libya following agreements she had been given in private by the leaders of the country’s two warring factions.

The leaders of Russia, Turkey, France and Germany joined representatives of other states with a stake in the conflict including the United States as well as the European Union, the Arab League and the African Union for talks, held under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Leaders of both warring factions – Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and the head of Tripoli's government Fayez Al Sarraj – attended the first such UN-led gathering since 2018.

Updated: January 20, 2020 02:40 AM

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