The head of the interim Government of National unity, Abdulhamid Dabaiba, confirmed Libya's "readiness" to build a "strategic partnership" with Italy under the slogan "the sovereignty of Libya first", praising the role played by Italy in "supporting stability" in the country and praising the continued operation of the Italian embassy from Tripoli "in all circumstances."
This came during talks held in Tripoli with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who arrived in Libya Tuesday morning, which touched on the activation of the Treaty of Mutual Friendship signed in 2008, especially regarding the implementation of the international road and the strengthening of trade and economic cooperation between the two countries, according to a statement.
Dabaiba expressed the government's aspiration to reopen Italian airspace to Libyan aviation, regulate the conduct of flights between the companies of the two countries, and facilitate visa procedures for Libyan citizens in a"greater form" by increasing the number of visas granted to students, businessmen and patients.
He also expressed his aspiration to increase Italian cooperation in the field of energy and electricity included in accordance with the Libyan-Italian friendship treaty, in addition to the country's aspiration to benefit from its investments in Italy, and to address all outstanding issues in this regard.
Regarding the migration file, Dabaiba said that Italy and Libya face a "common challenge", noting that it is "not only Libya's responsibility as a transit country or even Italy as a destination country, but the international community must contribute to addressing the real cause of this flow."
Dabaiba pointed out that he agreed with his Italian counterpart on the need to quickly hold the Libyan-Italian joint committee meetings to coordinate on a number of topics of common interest and benefit from the Italian expertise in the field of health to support the Libyan medical and medical personnel.
Draghi stressed that his visit comes as part of his government's "support for Libya, and demonstrates the importance of the historic relationship between the two friendly countries", expressing his aspiration to "move forward" in the relationship with "full respect for the sovereignty of Libya."
He stressed the importance of continuing the ceasefire in Libya, and moving towards building and reconciliation between all Libyans, and said that the talks included "cooperation in a number of areas, especially in the field of infrastructure and energy as well as health."