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Will the Summit on Libya be a Productive One?

japantimes.co.jp

The militants of the Islamic State in Libya seem to be strengthening. If this is true, then it will be a great threat not only for the country itself, but the region as well. The US deputy secretary of state Antony Blinken declared on Friday that Boko Haram jihadists are sending fighters to join Isis in Libya, The Guardian reports. 

"We’ve seen that Boko Haram’s ability to communicate has become more effective. They seem to have benefited from assistance from Daesh… So these are all elements that suggests that there are more contacts and more cooperation, and this is again something that we are looking at very carefully because we want to cut it off," Blinken said.

Now, when Libya at last has an elected government and many questions concerning this country will be easier to discuss and solve, a summit on Libya will be held in Vienna today, on May 16. Twenty foreign ministers of world will gather to discuss how to restore peace and justice in Libya. According to the Prime Minister of Libya, Faiez Serraj now, when the country has a legitimate government, they should start thinking about national unity, as only due to it they can cope with their threats. "National unity is the most effective weapon against these nihilistic purveyors of hatred and bloodshed. Terrorists will be defeated by our Armed Forces uniting under civilian command, not rival militias rushing to claim a political prize," telegraph.co.uk writes Serraj’s words.  

During the summit in Vienna that will be held under the joint chairmanship of the US and Italy, the fledgling Tripoli administration is likely to submit a list of requests for western partners to assist its forces with arms, training and intelligence. The meeting will be chaired by the US secretary of state, John Kerry, and the Italian foreign minister, Paolo Gentiloni, The Guardian writes.

The summit is expected to be an important one for Libya, as after several years the country at last has an elected government and in such circumstances it will be much easier to deal with the crisis. The main issue is whether it will be able to come in terms with the world leaders and reach an agreement, expecting their help as well.


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