French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian emphasized that "there is a rapprochement" between Paris and Rome regarding Libya, and that "there is a basic rapprochement in terms of that the future of this country should not be subject to exploitation by external forces."
Le Drian's statement came during a joint press conference with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio on Tuesday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome.
He told reporters, "The future of Libya must be decided by Libyans and we are determined to implement the commitments made at the Berlin conference," which Germany hosted on January 19.
Le Drian explained that he spoke with his Italian counterpart "about Libya as we talk about it every time we meet," stressing "the need to end foreign incursions and the flow of weapons that come from the partners of various factions deployed on the scene."
"We are following the same path and this is very important for security in the Mediterranean, and this process must continue," the French diplomat concluded, adding: "We are very determined and will proudly continue to be."