Today’s summit in Berlin seems like a step forward, but it might not be enough to stop the unfolding humanitarian disaster
After all but ignoring the war unfolding in Libya for nine months, suddenly world powers are paying attention to the North African country.
Boris Johnson, the UK prime minister, Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, as well as representatives and leaders of several other European and Arab states, are heading to Berlin on Sunday to take part in long-delayed peace talks hosted by Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor.
Even Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, is taking time out of his busy schedule of trashing Iran on Twitter to attend.
Many are relieved that such important figures are finally coming together to help resolve a years-long conflict that in its latest phase has cost 2,000 lives, displaced tens of thousands, and engulfed yet another Arab capital in war.