Nick Benson


Pope hopes Berlin summit will lead to peace in Libya

Pope Francis said he hoped that an international summit in Berlin would be the first step toward peace in war-torn Libya.

“I very much hope that this summit, which is so important, will be the start of a path toward an end to violence and a negotiated solution leading to peace and the much-desired stability of the country,” the pope told pilgrims on 19th January during his Sunday Angelus address.

The Berlin talks, which were aimed at brokering a peace deal between Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and rebel commander Gen. Khalifa Haftar, were also attended by representatives of countries backing both sides of the conflict, including Turkey, Russia, Egypt, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.

By the end of the summit, world leaders signed a draft declaration in which they pledged to no longer interfere in the nine-month civil war, reported Al-Jazeera, the television news network.