Italy-Germany Voice Concerns Over Libya

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On Wednesday, Italy Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio said that Libya remains a common concern for Italy and Germany due to recent developments.

The remarks indicate fears of a return to division in Libya, after the Libyan Parliament appointed a new government, headed by Fathi Bashagha. This is set to replace incumbent PM, Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba’s government.

“We are not drawing our attention away from the southern wing of the European Union and NATO, where instability may be a cause for concern in the next few months,” the Italy FM was quoted by the Italian news agency, Nova.

The Italy FM stressed that the November Paris Conference, reaffirmed Libya’s sovereignty and international support for achieving stability within the framework of the Berlin and United Nations processes.

Notably, Libya is currently facing a political crisis after Parliament swore in Bashagha in February. MP’s argued that Dbaiba’s mandate expired when the elections failed to take place.

Dbaiba has refused to cede power, and warned that the appointment of a new interim government could lead to war and chaos in the country. He renewed his pledge to only hand power over to an elected government.

The country was meant to hold elections last December, as part of an UN-guided peace process. But as political factions wrangled over their legal basis and the eligibility of controversial candidates, the polls were indefinitely postponed.