Germany sets general objectives for the conference in Berlin Libya

BERLIN (Reuters) – Berlin expects all international players to use their influence to drive progress in the peace talks in Libya, a spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry said Wednesday, setting modest ambitions for a Berlin peace conference this weekend.

Spokesman Rainer Breul said the goal was “wider” than the Moscow conference, whose goal was to ensure a ceasefire.

A German government spokesman declined to give an accurate list of conference participants and could not confirm whether Fayez al-Serraj and Khalifa Haftar from Libya would attend Sunday’s summit, but said the invitations “resonated” well with the guests.

Berlin has invited al-Serraj, who heads the internationally recognized government in Tripoli, and Haftar, who heads the Libyan National Army, an armed group in the east that does not recognize the Tripoli government.

Reports by Thomas Escritt, written by Riham Alkousaa; Madeline Chambers edition

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