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Libya: Shared commitment with Berlin, says Gentiloni – Talks in Paris and Madrid also on today’s agenda

“On Libya, We have a shared commitment to prevent the country from splitting, and to involve regional countries and the world’s major countries, from a perspective of dialogue and moderation”. Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who was speaking after his bilateral meeting with his German colleague Frank-Walter Steinmeier, added that the two countries also see eye to eye on Ukraine. Berlin was the first stage of his first mission abroad, which later today will take him to Paris and Madrid.

Gentiloni underscored that Italy supports the UN Envoy’s mission and intends to work to strengthen it. “I found Steinmeier to be very receptive because he realises that any deterioration in the situation, or even a division of the country, would have consequences not just for Italy’s coasts, but for Europe as a whole”. At the joint press conference, Minister Gentiloni pointed out that his day had begun with the “excellent news” of the release of Italian technician Marco Vallisa, who was kidnapped in Libya in July 2014.

Immigration – agreement and similar humanitarian approach

On immigration, Gentiloni underscored that the new mission – the transition from “’Mare Nostrum” to “Triton”, will not entail a change of approach or objective. The aim is and remains the humanitarian one of rescue and relief, while the effort involved must increasingly be shared.

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