The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio arrived in Libya yesterday, August 2, for his fifth mission since the beginning of this year. The head of the Farnesina was the guest of institutional meetings with the government led by Abdelhamid Dabaiba, the presidential council of Mohammed al Menfi and with the HoR parliament chaired by Agila Saleh.

Minister Luigi Di Maio during his mission in Libya

The goal of Di Maio’s mission in Libya is to foster dialogue with the main Libyan interlocutors, engaging in the implementation of the clauses of the ceasefire agreement and in the smooth running of the elections, scheduled for December 23, 2021. As stated in a note from the Farnesina, the Minister in Libya also placed emphasis on the stabilization and institutional transition process led by the UN with the hope of a renewed commitment by all Libyan parties to promote concrete progress as for the adoption of the unified budget and national reconciliation.

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Minister Luigi Di Maio with President Fayez Serraj in Tripoli, June 2020

Libya is following a delicate stabilization process after the last conflict that divided the country from April 2019 until the ceasefire last October and Minister Di Maio’s fifth visit to the country since the beginning of 2021 is the testimony “of the assiduity of Italy’s commitment in favor of the stabilization of Libya, which marked an important step forward with the reopening of the Sirte-Misurata coastal road announced on the eve of the visit” as the note from the Farnesina underlines.

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Italian consulate in Benghazi

The mission also included a stop in Cyrenaica, where Di Maio met the consul Carlo Batori – who took over the leadership of the Benghazi consulate that Italy has recently reopened. “Helping Libya, including by increasing economic exchanges, means working for security in the Mediterranean, protecting people’s lives from human traffickers and fighting terrorism relentlessly. On this, our country is a clear point of reference”, declared the Minister in a post on his official Facebook account.