Italy and Russia agree to strengthen cooperation on Libya, press for the appointment of a new UN envoy

Alwasat - Cairo Wed 14 Oct 2020, 07:32 PM
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Italian Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio, said that there is agreement between Moscow and Rome regarding the crisis in Libya, indicating that there is a “request” and “pressure” from Italy to appoint a special UN envoy to Libya, according to the Italian news agency AKI.

Di Maio's statement came during a joint press conference he held on Wednesday, in Moscow, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

During the press conference, Di Maio spoke of "consensus" with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the "importance of strengthening cooperation" between the two countries regarding the Libyan crisis. In particular, "at this time, with the emergence of a window of opportunities for progress in the field of political stability in Libya."

The head of the Italian diplomacy renewed the call for the appointment of the new special envoy for the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Libya, and said that "Italy is pressing for the appointment of a UN envoy without further delay."

De Mayo added, according to Aki, that it is "essential to ensure international support for the efforts of the United Nations Mission in Libya, to organize the next meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum and to protect the internal Libyan dialogue from any negative external interference."

Di Maio affirmed that Italy "supports the resumption of direct negotiations within the Joint Military Committee, until a real agreement is reached in Libya for a permanent and sustainable ceasefire and the establishment of a demilitarized zone in Sirte and Jufra."

The Italian Foreign Minister stressed "the necessity of resuming production and exports of oil from Libya immediately and unconditionally," considering that this "is an indispensable element to support the Libyan economy and reduce tensions in light of the resumption of the political process."

Di Maio, indicated that "in recent weeks, progress has already been made in the area of ​​reopening the production process in some sites," but he stressed: "We now expect production to extend over the entire Libyan national territory."

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