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Libya: Minister Gentiloni meets by phone with Egyptian colleague Sameh Shoukry

Within the context of between Rome and Cairo’s continuing coordination on developments in the Libyan crisis and progress in the UN-facilitated political dialogue, Minister Gentiloni received a cordial telephone call today from Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry.

In light of their common support for UN Special Representative Bernardino Leòn, the two ministers shared the same assessment of the importance of reconvening the parties to the intra-Libyan talks as soon as possible. The goal now is to confront the issues still outstanding and strengthen the negotiating process.

Minister Gentiloni also took the opportunity to congratulate his Egyptian colleague on completion of the Suez Canal extension, which was dedicated today at a ceremony at which Italy was represented by defence minister Roberta Pinotti.

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