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ROME, Aug. 28, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Italy's Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio speaks at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome, Italy, on Aug. 28, 2019. Italian president Sergio Mattarella will summon outgoing Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday in order to ask him to try to form a new coalition government. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua/IANS) by .
ROME, Aug. 28, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Italy\'s Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio speaks at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome, Italy, on Aug. 28, 2019. Italian president Sergio Mattarella will summon outgoing Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday in order to ask him to try to form a new coalition government. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua/IANS)

Italy is seeking a leading role in diplomatic efforts towards a ceasefire in Libya and the resumption of United Nations brokered peace talks between the rival factions…reports Asian Lite News

ROME, Aug. 28, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Italy's Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio speaks at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome, Italy, on Aug. 28, 2019. Italian president Sergio Mattarella will summon outgoing Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday in order to ask him to try to form a new coalition government. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua/IANS) by .
Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua/IANS)

Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio on Tuesday held talks with Libya’s eastern military strongman Khalifa Haftar in the port city of Benghazi, according to Foreign Ministry sources.

After meeting Haftar, Di Maio was due to fly to the city of Tobruk for talks with Libya’s eastern-based parliament’s Speaker Aguila Saleh, said the sources.

Earlier on Tuesday, during talks with Libya’s Deputy Premier Ahmed Maitig and his counterpart Mohammed Taher Siyala, Di Maio reiterated Italy’s view that the civil war cannot be ended by military force, the sources said.

It is Di Maio’s first visit to the oil-rich country, which was an Italian colony from 1911-1943.

Italy is seeking a leading role in diplomatic efforts towards a ceasefire in Libya and the resumption of United Nations brokered peace talks between the rival factions.

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