Top diplomats to gather in Vienna for talks on Libya

Sunday 08/05/2016
Towards supporting efforts by new unity government

ROME - Top diplomats will hold talks in Vienna this month aimed at supporting efforts to end the chaos in Libya, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Monday.
On a visit to Tunisia, Gentiloni said he had invited Tunis to join foreign ministers from "the most important countries in the region as well as the main international actors" for talks on Libya due in the Austrian capital later in May.
"A common effort is needed to help the process of bringing stability to Libya," Gentiloni told reporters, adding the invitation had been extended in his name and on behalf of US Secretary of State John Kerry.
A member of the Italian delegation said the meeting would take place on May 16.
The Tunisian foreign ministry confirmed the date, adding it had not yet accepted the invitation.
Foreign powers and Libya's neighbours are supporting efforts by a new unity government to assert its authority in the country, which has been roiled by turmoil since the 2011 overthrow of Moamer Gathafi.
Rival forces are vying for control of Libya, with Western nations particularly worried by the rise of a powerful local branch of the jihadist Islamic State group.

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