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Discussion by Gentiloni and the UN Special Representative for Libya, Kobler

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Paolo Gentiloni, received the United Nations Secretary General’s new Special Representative for Libya, Martin Kobler, at the Farnesina today. Mr Kobler was taking part in his first visit to a foreign capital since his appointment.

Kobler’s mandate starts from the proposed agreement advanced by Bernardino Leon and begins at a delicate time, when the vote by the House of Representatives in Tobruk on the agreement is awaited.

During their discussion, Gentiloni took on board Kobler’s assessment of the outlook for the political agreement on his return from his first official mission to Libya, where he visited Tobruk, Tripoli and Misurata for talks. In the coming days the Special Representative will have more meetings with regional actors.

Minister Gentiloni reiterated Italy’s full support for action to ensure that the agreement is signed in the shortest time possible. “I fully agree with Kobler on the strategy to be followed to give further impetus to, and conclude as quickly as possible, the complex negotiations on Libya and enable a government of national accord to be installed”, declared Gentiloni.

“Italy is ready to take on its responsibilities to support the stabilisation of the country after the Libyan parties have reached agreement”, concluded Minister Gentiloni.