World Leaders Reach Agreement on Libya at Berlin Conference



Participants at the Berlin Conference of January 19, 2020 Photo: twitter.com/KremlinRussia_E

World leaders agreed on a final communique regarding Libya during a conference held in Berlin on Sunday.

Details of the agreement were presented during a press conference by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, UN Special Envoy for Libya Ghassan Salame and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas following the conclusion of the meeting.

Among those who participated were the Presidents of Russia, Turkey, and Egypt, US State Department Secretary Mike Pompeo, and high-ranking officials from Great Britain, China, the UAE, Italy, Algeria, the UN, the EU, the African Union and the Arab League.

Both Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al Saraj and Commander Khalifa Haftar were also in Berlin for the talks.

According to a draft statement, the Berlin conference on Libya would focus on a call for a ceasefire on attackers against petroleum facilities by all sides, and recognize the Tripoli-based state oil company NOC as the only legal entity allowed to sell Libyan oil.

It is noted that Greece was not invited to take part in the conference, despite Athens’ openly expressed desire to participate.

The official German response was that Athens was not invited to the parley because the recent illegal Turkey-Libya maritime border agreement would not be part of the discussion.

(With information from AMNA)