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West must avoid 'past errors' in Libya: Italian Minister

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Rome, April 16 (IANS/AKI) and other western nations should learn from "past errors" in and allow its people to "find their own path to democracy", Italy's far-right said on Monday.

"For economic gain, someone is playing with fire, war mongering, and this is never a good solution," Salvini said in an interview with public broadcaster 2's current affairs talk show 'Povera Patria'.

"So I really hope that all western powers have learned the lessons of the past - the errors of the past - in as in Iraq," he added.

He urged nations to "respect those peoples and let them find their own path to democracy".

Salvini's comments came as Ahmed Maitig, the of Libya's backed unity government in and Qatar's and Foreign Minister held talks with the aimed at halting the current military escalation in

Since ordered his to advance on earlier this month, over 140 people have been killed and over 600 injured in fighting with forces loyal to the UN-backed government, while 16,000 people have fled their homes, according to the UN.

Libya has been in chaos since the Nato-backed ouster of late dictator in 2011, with rival administrations in the east and west backed by a myriad of militias vying for control of the oil-rich country, which was an Italian colony from 1911-1947.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 00:04 IST
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