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G7 powers urge Khalifa Haftar to halt advance on Libya's capital

Haftar's troops have moved into the southern outskirts of Tripoli in a dangerous thrust against the U.N.-backed government that has caused alarm among Western capitals

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Eastern must heed warnings to halt his advance on Libya’s capital, Italy’s foreign minister said, as powers from the club said there could be no military solution to the country’s power struggle.

Haftar’s troops have moved into the southern outskirts of Tripoli in a dangerous thrust against the U.N.-backed government that has caused alarm among Western capitals.

“We very much hope Haftar will take (our warnings) into consideration,” Enzo Milanesi told reporters at the close of a meeting of foreign ministers in western France.

The turmoil in dominated a summit which had been scheduled to focus on combatting cyber security and foreign interference in liberal democracies and global inequality.

In a communique, the foreign ministers urged Libya’s rival factions to show restraint and put the interests of the OPEC producer’s people first. The country’s oil installations should not be used by any group for political gain, it said.

“We are agreed that we must use all the possibilities at our disposal to exert pressure on those responsible in especially General Haftar, so that we avoid any further military escalation,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass told reporters.

Concern over Libya’s stability is heightened by continuing political tensions around Europe over migration from north Africa, despite the fact that the numbers of new arrivals in Europe via the central Mediterranean have plummeted.

First Published: Sat, April 06 2019. 20:31 IST
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