Bashagha government says surprised by Meloni's intention to visit Tripoli

Alwasat - Cairo Wed 25 Jan 2023, 01:05 AM
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Libya's parliament-appointed government expressed surprise at Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni's intention to visit Tripoli and meet with officials from the "expired" Government of National Unity.

A statement issued by the government led by Fathi Bashagha renewed its rejection of any attempt to "revive the dead government."

It also deplored “the opportunistic behavior of the Italian government", referring to what it described as a “mysterious deal” between Libya's National Oil Corporation and the Italian company Eni, which requires increasing the foreign partner share in the Mellitah Oil and Gas Company. 

The statement also pointed out “the outgoing government’s inability to sign any agreements or memorandums of understanding,” saying it “is not authorized to do so in accordance with the text of Article 10 of the political agreement.”

Concluding, "The Libyan state will not abide by any agreements or memorandums," and "will resort to the national judiciary, which has invalidated the illegal agreements on more than one occasion.”

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