Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte said that "the military operation in Libya is still fragile," but Rome will not back down from the preservation of its unity as a goal, stressing that "the Libyan crisis has always been the focus of our concerns and our foreign policy", according to Italian news agency Aki.
"We have never abandoned our ongoing interest in this (Libya) file and in the goal of stabilizing the country by bypassing military logic and stopping external interference, in the context of the decisions of the Berlin conference," Conte said at his traditional end-of-year press conference on Wednesday.
"The military operation in Libya is still fragile, but Italy will never back down from the goal of a united, independent and self-governing Libya free from any external interference," Conte said, explaining that Rome will work "within the framework of the EU and NATO."
"In the course of a long telephone conversation with (US President-elect Joe) Biden, I have already mentioned the importance of the Mediterranean region and the renewed interest in the Libyan file," the Italian prime minister said, according to Aki.
"The problems are never solved by military attack, there is always room for dialogue," the Italian prime minister told reporters, apparently in response to the possibility of a re-escalation on the ground in Libya.