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

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

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.


Israel warns Iran may target its facilities abroad

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Israel warns Iran may target its facilities abroad

Israel warns Iran may target its facilities abroad
  • Israel's counter-terrorism bureau said Iran could try to carry out attacks in nearby countries
  • Iran’s clerical and military rulers have blamed Israel for the killing of its top nuclear scientist last week

JERUSALEM: Israel warned on Thursday that its facilities abroad could be targeted by Iran, which has been issuing new threats against Israel since the killing of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist.
In its warning, Israel's counter-terrorism bureau said Iran could try to carry out attacks in nearby countries, including Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey.

"In light of the threats heard recently by Iranian officials and in light of the involvement in the past of Iranian officials in terror attacks in various countries, there is a concern that Iran will try to act in this way against Israeli targets,” said a statement issued by the prime minister’s National Security Council.

Iran’s clerical and military rulers have blamed Israel for the killing of its top nuclear scientist last week. A top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader has said that Iran will give a “calculated and decisive” response.