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Kerry to co-chair Libya gathering in Rome this weekend

John Kerry
Posted at 2:22 PM, Dec 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-10 14:22:00-05

PARIS (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Rome this weekend for a high-level gathering on the crisis in Libya.

The State Department says Kerry will co-chair Sunday's meeting with Italy's foreign minister

The goal is to help Libya form a unified government and end years of internal fighting, and address a growing Islamic State threat.

Libya has been wracked by violence since the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi (MOO'-ah-mar gah-DAH'-fee) in 2011, and the instability has contributed to Europe's migrant crisis.

The oil-rich country has been torn between an internationally recognized government in the east and Islamist-backed authorities in the capital of Tripoli.

Lawmakers from the rival parliaments recently struck a power-sharing agreement, though it's far from solid.