LIBYAN EASTERN-BASED ARMY DENIES CHIEF’S PARTICIPATION IN PALERMO CONFERENCE

TRIPOLI, Libya, Libya's eastern-based army, on Tuesday, denied reports that its commander, Khalifa Haftar, has travelled to Italy's Palermo, for an international conference on Libya.

"The General Command of the Libyan Arab Armed Forces, denies local and international reports about the commander, Gen. Khalifa Haftar, participating in the conference, held in the Italian city of Palermo, on Libya," the army's information office said in a statement.

Haftar arrived in Italy on Monday, but just held meetings with heads of neighbouring states, to discuss the latest regional and international developments, the statement explained.

Italy's Palermo is hosting an international conference on Monday and Tuesday, on the Libyan crisis, with participation of major Libyan parties, as well as, regional and international heads of state.

Despite a UN-sponsored peace agreement, signed by the Libyan political parties in 2015, Libya remains politically divided, between eastern and western governments, both competing for legitimacy.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK