Germany's Merkel to host Libya conference Jan. 19 in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is inviting world powers to a summit in Berlin on Sunday Jan. 19 to discuss efforts to broker peace in Libya. (Reuters)
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Updated 14 January 2020

Germany's Merkel to host Libya conference Jan. 19 in Berlin

  • Officials from UAE and other Arab countries invited
  • Merkel decided to host meeting after consulting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel is inviting world powers to a summit in Berlin on Sunday Jan. 19 to discuss efforts to broker peace in Libya.

Merkel's office said in a statement Tuesday that the German leader had decided to host the meeting after consulting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Germany has invited Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of the administration in Tripoli, and General Khalifa Haftar of the rival Libyan National Army to the meeting.

Officials from the US, Russia, UK, France, China, UAE, Turkey as well as several African and Arab countries are also invited.


UAE calls on Israel to halt West Bank annexation plan

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UAE calls on Israel to halt West Bank annexation plan

  • Anwar Gargash said on Twitter that continued Israeli remarks of plans to annex Palestinian lands “must stop”

DUBAI: The UAE has called on Israel to halt a plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank saying it would harm chances of peace.
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Twitter that continued Israeli remarks of plans to annex Palestinian lands “must stop.”
“Any unilateral Israeli move will be a serious setback for the peace process,” he wrote.
He said such a move would “undermine Palestinian self determination and constitute a rejection of the international and Arab consensus towards stability and peace.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he will annex parts of the West Bank, including the strategic Jordan Valley and dozens of Jewish settlements, in line with President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan. He has signaled he will begin moving forward with annexation next month.