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Libya leader meets eastern commander in Palermo

Libya leader meets eastern commander in Palermo
FILE PHOTO: Khalifa Haftar, the military commander who dominates eastern Libya, arrives to attend an international conference on Libya at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo   -   Copyright  Philippe Wojazer(Reuters)
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PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) – Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj, whose government is based in the west of the country, met the commander who rules most of the east, Khalifa Haftar, on Tuesday in Palermo, Sicily, an Italian government source said.

Italy is hosting an international conference on the future of Libya. Haftar has said he would not take part in the conference itself, but flew to the city for meetings on its sidelines. His meeting with Serraj was the first between the two main rival Libyan leaders since May.

(Reporting by Ulf Laessing; Writing by Peter Graff; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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