EU raises pressure for unified government in Libya

Moscow, Brussels and Rome back military strongman Khalifa Haftar for at least some formal role that might unite the country.
The Italian government on Tuesday voiced renewed support for General Khalifa Haftar, a Libyan strongman who controls the eastern part of his country and enjoys close ties with Russia, reiterating calls for him to assume a role in Libya’s government in Tripoli.
“We have been the first ones to say that Haftar should have a role,” said Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano during a session of the defense-foreign affairs committee in the lower chamber of Italy’s parliament. Alfano also said that the Italian ambassador in Libya, Giuseppe Perrone, on Monday had “useful” talks in Tobruk, in eastern Libya.
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