Shortly before the planned libya conference in berlin, the UN special envoy for the war-torn country, ghassan salame, called for a withdrawal of foreign fighters.
"We have presented a security plan that provides for the withdrawal of all foreign fighters, regardless of nationality," salame said in an interview published by the arabic newspaper "al-sharq al-awsat". He wants an end to foreign interference in the conflict. Meanwhile, supporters of renegade general chalifa haftar blockaded key ports for oil production in the country, prompting international criticism.
German chancellor angela merkel (CDU) will receive representatives of states with influence over the libya conflict on sunday afternoon. Among others, turkish president recep tayyip erdogan, russian leader vladimir putin and u.S. Eagle secretary mike pompeo are expected to attend. In libya, prime minister fajis al-saraj and haftar are competing for power – according to aubenminister heiko maas, they will be present in berlin.