The Libyan crisis, stability, migrations and development in the Mediterranean will be the topics of the ministerial meeting of the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue (5+5) in Lisbon that Minister Mogherini is scheduled to attend. Seated at the same table will be the European heads of diplomacy of Italy, Portugal, Spain, France and Malta, along with those of the African nations of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania.
Discussions will focus on the importance of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership, one of the main objectives of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, water resources, energy, environment and sustainable development. Libya will be another key focus, as a result of the recent resurgence of conflict that, if it were to continue, would increment suffering and migrations.
Minister Mogherini will speak – not only before the plenary session but also in bilateral meetings that will include, among others, one with her French colleague Laurent Fabius – about the efforts needed to place the Libyan transition back on a path of political dialogue that must necessarily involve the international community as a whole.
Minister Mogherini will also meet with Libyan foreign minister Mohamed Abdelaziz, to whom she will personally stress concern for recent developments and ensure the support of the Italian government for a democratic transition that enlists the commitment and involvement of all Libyans.