PALERMO, Italy, The two-day Conference for Libya opened here in the southern Italian city on Monday evening, "to bring substance to the stabilisation process" in the north African country. Tight security measures are implemented, with hundreds of police deployed in the streets around the major venue.

Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, welcomed the heads of delegations participating in the conference. All guests gathered for a working dinner after the opening ceremony of the major event, which would stretch throughout Tuesday.

The conference was organised by Rome, in collaboration with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNISMIL), "to provide a tangible contribution to the stabilisation process in the country," said authorities. The Conference also aims to promote "specific and substantial progress in the fields of security and economy," said the PM's office in a statement.

Thirty-eight delegations were confirmed as taking part in the talks, among which were 10 heads of state and governments, and foreign ministers from 20 other countries.

Participants include Libya's four key actors: Prime Minister of UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj, Head of the High State Council, Khalid al-Mishri, President of the House of Representatives (HoR), Ageela Saleh, and General Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan National Army.

International players included representatives from France, Russia, China, United States, Germany, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates among others, as well as, from the European Union (EU), the Arab League, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.