Di Maio: Italy to Construct Highway Connecting Tunisia to Egypt via Libya


On Wednesday, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said that Italian companies are about to resume their work at Tripoli International Airport, and build the largest Libyan highway extending from Tunisia to the Egyptian border.

“We will open the eastern segment of the highway in Libya within a few months, and we have several agreements concluded in the past that we are going to implement,” Di Maio told the Italian Federation of Industries radio.

“The Libyan Foreign Minister, Najla Al-Mangoush will visit Italy on Thursday, and we will organize a business forum between Italian companies and Libyan institutions to build a direct channel for investments,” he added.

Earlier, Di Maio and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi visited Tripoli, with Draghi meeting with Libyan Prime Minister, Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba. The two PM’s discussed a number of issues, most notably joint cooperation on illegal immigration, and the combatting of organized crime and terrorism.

Moreover, Di Maio and Draghi discussed with Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohamed Al-Mnifi ways to reactivate the 2008 Libyan-Italian Friendship Treaty.


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