Former Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti criticizes European stance on Libya

Alwasat - Cairo Thu 31 Dec 2020, 01:30 AM
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Former Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti criticized the position of European countries on the current crisis in Libya, asking: "what needs to happen for Europe to care about Libya!" Calling on the member states of the Union to speak with one voice towards this crisis.

"The European Union played a crucial role in overthrowing the former Libyan regime led by Muammar Gaddafi just ten years ago, Minniti said in an interview with the El Foglio newspaper on Wednesday. "Now, as if through a divergence of ends, we find ourselves with the Russians in Raqqa and the Turks in Tripoli."

"I don't have the slightest nostalgia for North African dictatorships, but when I read about the establishment of the MiG-29 base in Jufra, I wonder what has to happen for Europe to really care about Libya! Progress has been made in consolidating the ceasefire. But do we really think that's enough?"

"There is absolutely no way to think about caring for the Mediterranean without a common European defence with its own powers and dimension, and it is unrealistic to imagine playing a geopolitical role without speaking with one voice and one tongue," said the former Italian Interior Minister.

"After the resignation of the UN special envoy to Libya in March. Almost a year passed without the UN being able to appoint a successor."

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