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La Repubblica: Conte to meet with Qatar FM & GNA deputy premier to discuss Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ROME – Italy’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, will meet separately on Sunday with Qatari Foreign Minister and on Monday with Deputy Head of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) to discuss the latest developments in Libya, Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported on Saturday.

According to La Repubblica, the Italian government has invited Qatar’s Foreign Minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, to Rome where he will land on Sunday.

Al Thani will be meeting with both Conte and Italy’s Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi in an attempt to “convince everyone to cool down any military option,” reported La Repubblica, citing a government source.

Then on Monday, GNA’s deputy premier, Ahmed Maiteeq, will also arrive in Rome where he’ll meet with Conte, Milanesi and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

The Italian newspaper reported that Maiteeq will continue his mission in Germany and Britain after Italy.

This comes as clashes continue between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and GNA-funded militias south of Tripoli.

Commander of LNA’s Tripoli Operations Room Major General Abdel Salam Al-Hassi affirmed on Saturday that the army is advancing towards Tripoli with some military units only 5 kilometers away from the center of the capital.

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