Italy urges Libyan general to work with UN stabilising plan

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Rome - Italian officials have urged Libyan military strongman Khalifa Hifter to "contribute effectively" to the UN effort to stabilise Libya, and ruled out any military solution to end Libya's chaos.

Hifter met on Tuesday with Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti as part of Italy's efforts stabilise its former colony and stem the flow of migrants to Europe.

The ministry said Pinotti repeated Italy's support for the UN process of dialogue to work toward elections "and hopes that all sides can contribute effectively to the strategy, excluding any military solution."

Libya sank into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed dictator Muammar Gaddafi. It is split between rival parliaments, governments and militias in the east and west, but in July Hifter and his west-based rival Fayez Serraj, pledged to cooperate.

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