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Minister Alfano holds a telephone conversation with his French counterpart

This morning the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, had a telephone conversation with the French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian.

During the conversation, which was scheduled during the bilateral meeting between the two ministers last Monday in Rome, Le Drian reported on the outcome of the initiative launched by French President Emmanuel Macron to organise a meeting between Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and General Khalifa Haftar in Paris yesterday.

The French foreign minister defined the Paris agreement a “good level text” whose enforcement however remains to be monitored, and specified that it acknowledges the Shkirat Agreements and undertakes to fully support the new United Nations Special Representative Ghassan Salamé in his action in Libya’s stabilisation process.

Minister Le Drian recalled that President Macron publicly mentioned the meeting between the two foreign ministers, Le Drian and Alfano, highlighting the commonality of opinions with Italy and the need that the political process now be conducted under the guidance of the new UN Special Representative Ghassan Salamé.

Minister Alfano responded underscoring “the importance that every future initiative on Libya be conducted within the framework of the action of the United Nations and of its Special Representative, so as to facilitate Libya’s national reconciliation.” 

Referring to today’s visit by Chairman Al-Sarraj and Libyan foreign minister to Rome, the French and Italian foreign ministers agreed to speak again shortly and to keep in close contact on the developments in the Libyan dossier and on their joint action at the United Nations.

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