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Libya will not attend Paris conference if Israel does

A Libyan man waves his national flag in Benghazi, Libya on 27 February 2015 [ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images]
A Libyan man waves his national flag in Benghazi, Libya on 27 February 2015 [ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images]

Libya will not participate in the Paris conference on Libya if the occupation state of Israel attends, Spokesperson for the National Unity Government (GNU) Mohamed Hammouda revealed earlier this week.

"The government is steadfast in its position and the position of all Libyans and is committed to the Palestinian cause," The Libyan Observer reported Hammouda stating on Tuesday.

He said that it was unclear if France invited Israel to attend the conference, but if the news reports about the invitation were confirmed, the government would not participate in the conference.

This came only one day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said his country would not attend the conference should Greece, Israel or the Greek Cypriot administration attend.

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"We cannot attend a Paris conference to which Greece, Israel and the Greek Cypriot administration participate, we told him (Macron). This is our condition," Erdoğan told journalists on his return from the summit.

"If these countries are to attend the conference, then there is also no need to send special representatives," he added.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced last September that his country would host an international conference on Libya on 12 November.

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