Dbeibah with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio
Dbeibah with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio

“The main objective for Libya is to fulfill its democratic dream: we must lead the country towards this noble goal in a democratic way never known before”. With these words, Libyan premier Abdulhamid Dbeibah, relaunched the objectives of his leadership during his speech at the Ambrosetti Forum, the international meeting held annually in Cernobbio, on Lake Como, focused on mainly economic issues.


A special guest at the Ambrosetti Forum, Dbeibah arrived in Italy in a delicate period for the stability of his government, given the difficult relations with Parliament and the uncertainty surrounding the organization of elections planned for next December. However, Dbeibah renewed his commitment to work for the creation of a unified army and to guarantee free and transparent elections.

Over the last months, the relationship between the Libyan government and Italy has seen a continuous and very dynamic collaboration defined by Premier Dbeibah as “excellent” given the many visits and meetings with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.

Draghi and President Macron in Marseille
Draghi and President Macron in Marseille

The Italian role in the complicated situation of instability in Libya therefore remains central for Libyan interlocutors and for the international community, as evidenced by the recent bilateral meeting between Draghi and French President Emmanuel Macron, in which the Libyan question was among the issues addressed by the two leaders.