Germany plans to host Libya summit on 19 January

It would be aimed at giving Libya the chance of becoming a sovereign and peaceful country

Photo: Reuters German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Moscow

Germany is considering to hold a summit aimed at plotting a path to peace in Libya on 19 January, two participants in the preparatory negotiations told Reuters on Monday, The summit will coincide with a one-day visit to Berlin by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, about which Erdogan’s office, which announced the trip, gave no further details.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the summit on Saturday, adding that the United Nations would lead talks if a meeting were to take place in Berlin. She said Libya’s warring parties would need to play a major role if a solution was to be found for Libya to become a sovereign and peaceful country. Erdogan’s presence is also seen as essential to the success of any conference on Libya, since Ankara’s decision to deploy military advisers and possibly troops there has made it a major player in the country’s long-running civil war.

"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," Merkel said on Saturday during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Shortly after Merkel's announcement government spokesman Steffen Seibert confirmed there were plans to hold a Libya conference in Berlin in January but declined to elaborate on the date.

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