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Italy seeks Libya ceasefire at surprise Haftar talks

AFP  |  Rome 

Italian held talks with Libyan strongman during a surprise visit to on Thursday, calling for an end to his month-long assault on

"It was a fairly long meeting, a lengthy exchange of information," Conte told journalists.

"I informed him of the government's position. We want a ceasefire and we feel that the political path is the only solution."

Italian media reported that Haftar would head to for talks with French after the previously unannounced visit to

Conte said last week that he wanted to meet Haftar after talks with the UN-backed on May 7.

Haftar's bid to unseat Sarraj and take control of the Libyan capital has reached a military and political impasse after a month of fighting.

The on Monday called for all sides in the conflict to put down their arms and commit to UN talks, saying the offensive was a threat to international peace.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 20:16 IST