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Germany sets out broad aims for Berlin Libya conference

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Berlin hopes to get all international players to use their influence to push for progress on Libya peace talks, a German Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, setting out modest ambitions for a Berlin peace conference this weekend.

Spokesman Rainer Breul said the aim was "broader" than the Moscow conference, whose aim had been to secure a ceasefire.

A German government spokesman declined to give a precise list of the conference's participants and could not confirm whether Libya's Fayez al-Serraj and Khalifa Haftar would attend Sunday's summit, but said the invitations had "resonated" well with the invitees.

Berlin has invited al-Serraj, who heads the internationally recognised government in Tripoli, and Haftar, who leads the Libyan National Army, an armed group in the east that does not recognise the Tripoli government. 

[Reuters]