Italian & Libyan Foreign Ministers Hold Talks in Rome

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On Monday, Libyan Foreign Minister, Najla Al-Mangoush met with her Italian counterpart, Luigi Di Maio on the sidelines of the Italian-Libyan Business Forum in Rome.

The Italian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Di Maio renewed Italy’s commitment towards achieving lasting stability in Libya. “Di Maio highlighted the importance of preparing for the elections scheduled to take place on 24 December 2021, and affirmed the need to reach a constitutional base for Libya’s elections and adopt the electoral law,” the statement added.

The Italian FM also stressed the importance of “concrete” implementation of the ceasefire agreement between rival Libyan parties. He called for the reopening of the coastal road, and the withdrawal of all foreign fighters and mercenaries from Libya.

Libyan Prime Minister, Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba and his accompanying delegation arrived in Italy on Monday to participate at the Italian-Libyan Business Forum.

“We can today count on a new and united Libya. It is thanks to the great efforts of the Government of National Unity (GNU). Our companies can look to Libya with renewed confidence,” Di Maio said, adding that, “Italy has never abandoned Libya and the embassy has always continued to operate, even in the most difficult moments.”