German chancellor Merkel says Berlin to host Libya peace talks

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands prior to the talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, January 11, 2020. Pavel Golovkin/Pool via REUTERS
Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands prior to the talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, January 11, 2020. Pavel Golovkin/Pool via REUTERS

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Libyan peace talks will be held in Berlin, as Turkey and Russia appealed to Libya’s warring factions to enter a ceasefire.

During a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Saturday, Merkel said: “We hope that the joint efforts by Russia and Turkey will lead to success, and we will soon send out invitations for a conference in Berlin”.

Putin said at the same conference it was time to hold Libya peace talks in Berlin, as it was important to end the conflict in the country.

Turkey and Russia this week urged Libya’s warring parties to declare a ceasefire on Sunday as warring factions clashed and carried out air strikes in a conflict drawing increasing foreign involvement and concern.

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