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Italy drums up support for peace efforts in Libya

Italy drums up support for peace efforts in Libya

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Italy’s Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, on Saturday held talks with top Libyan officials including the leader of the UN-backed Government of National Unity, Fayez al-Sarraj.

According to reports the talks centred on peace efforts for the war-torn country and ways to curb illegal migration to Europe.

He welcomed the recent meeting between al-Sarraj and military strong man Khalifa Haftar, who heads a competing administration.

The two countries also discussed ways to stem the influx of migrants trying to reach Europe from Libya as authorities said on Saturday that hundreds of migrants were rescued by the Libyan coastguard.

The Italian foreign minister touched on renewing Italy’s support for peace efforts in the oil rich north of Africa country, to ensure stability.

His visit comes hot on the heels of a two day visit to the country by British Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson.

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