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Foreign Ministry Note – Minister Luigi Di Maio receives at the Foreign Ministry, the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, received today, at the Foreign Ministry, the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh. The meeting took place a few days before the Ministerial Conference on Libya to be held in Berlin, on 23 June, further evidence of the growing commitment by the international community to the United Nations’ action for peace and stability in Libya.

First of all, the Minister reiterated Italy’s full support for the stabilisation of the country and its determination to cooperate with the interim authority and with all the institutions of the Libyan State, in order to support the next stages of the institutional transition process, in which the House of Representatives is called upon to play a decisive role.

In particular, he stressed the urgency of defining the constitutional and legal basis and approving the electoral law, so that the elections can actually be held on the scheduled date of 24 December.

Minister Di Maio also emphasised the importance of approving the unified budget for 2021, which is essential for improving social conditions in the country, and the urgency of fully implementing the ceasefire agreement, starting with the withdrawal of all foreign fighters and mercenaries from the country.

At the bilateral level, the Foreign Minister also confirmed Italy’s interest in further consolidating the path to revitalising the Italian-Libyan partnership, as demonstrated most recently by the success of Prime Minister Dabaiba’s visit to Rome and the interest in the Libyan market shown during the Business Forum held at the Foreign Ministry, on the sidelines of the meeting.

In addition to the reactivation of projects in the traditional sectors of cooperation, starting with infrastructure, Minister Di Maio also stressed that Italy is ready to initiate and deepen cooperation in other strategic areas, such as energy, culture, archaeology and health.