Di Maio: Encouraging developments in Libya give way to cautious optimism

Alwasat - Cairo Sat 20 Mar 2021, 10:35 AM
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Italian Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio, said that "encouraging developments in Libya in recent weeks give way to cautious optimism," but stressed that "it should also prompt us to redouble our efforts," considering that "the confidence that the House of Representatives has given to the new national unity government is a development of historical importance".

"Italy strongly supports the political transition and institutional reunification currently under way in Libya," Di Maio said during a joint press conference with the EU's top foreign policy Representative, Josep Borrell, at the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Rome, quoted by the Italian news agency Aki.

The head of Italian diplomacy noted that his country "has full confidence in the work of the United Nations and hopes that the transfer of competences and powers currently under way will continue in a speedy and orderly manner."

For his part, Borrell said he had an important dialogue on Libya and on the prospects for peace and new leadership there with Di Maio, warning that "the road is still long, but there is an opportunity that must be exploited".

Borell also thanked Italy for "the attention it has always given to this very complex file, especially when it came to launching Operation Irini and hosting the headquarters of this operation." 

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