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Milanesi: Conference on Libya will be held in Sicilian capital Palermo on Nov. 12-13

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ROME – Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi confirmed in his briefing to his country’s Senate Chamber Committee on Tuesday that the planned conference on Libya will be held in Sicilian capital Palermo on November 12th and 13th.

“We want to find a common solution, even though there will be different opinions around the table,” Milanesi said, adding that the goal was to help restore peace in Libya and facilitate an inclusive political process ahead of possible elections.

However Milanesi said he did not expect the Palermo meeting would focus on specific dates. “No deadlines will be imposed or tasks set for the Libyans”, he said in a reference to the elections deadline agreed upon in the Paris meeting in May, December 10th, which many foreign diplomats expressed doubts over it.

The minister then recalled Italy’s leading role in relations with Libya, stating, “we are among the few countries – underlined Moavero – to have an embassy in Tripoli that has always remained operational “.

U.S. President Donald Trump has given his blessing to the Italian conference and Milanesi said he would fly to Moscow next Monday to discuss the situation in Libya with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

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