The Italian Consul in Benghazi, Carlo Batori, said that his country is interested in cooperating with the Libyan authorities to rebuild the old city of Benghazi.
"It is a unique example of Ottoman and Italian architecture in the Mediterranean," Batori added during a conference organized by the consulate on the reconstruction of the Old City on Monday, according to the Italy's Agenzia Nova.
Batori indicated his confidence that “Libyan authorities will propose an approach to the reconstruction of the old city that takes into account its original character and its function as the socio-economic backbone of the city.”
He continued, “The Old City is sometimes referred to as the Italian Quarter or the Ottoman Arab Quarter, and I think this way of describing it is very limited. The old town and the surrounding neighborhood” express the identity of Benghazi, “the eclectic nature of its buildings, and the magical blend of style and tradition makes it a unique example of architecture and is a feature characteristic of this city.
For his part, Mark Frank, the representative of the United Nations Development Program, said in a tweet that the program is proud to participate in the conference with a wide range of experts, commenting: “We are committed to working and helping to rebuild together.”
The event was attended by the President of the Steering Council of the Municipality of Benghazi, Saqr Bujwari, the President of the Governmental Fund for the Reconstruction of the Cities of Benghazi and Derna Ali Al-Awjali, as well as experts, technicians, investors from the public and private sectors and representatives of international organizations.