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Meeting of Minister Luigi Di Maio with the President of the High State Council of the State of Libya, Khaled Ammar Al-Meshri

Today at the Farnesina, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, received the President of the High Council of State of the State of Libya, Khaled Ammar Al-Meshri.

Minister Di Maio firstly reiterated Italy’s firm support for the stabilisation of the country and reaffirmed the determination to collaborate with the interim authority and with all the branches of the Libyan state, to support the next phases of the political process, in which the High Council of State is called upon to play a decisive and constructive role.

The Minister then recalled the urgent need to define the constitutional and legal basis, and to approve the electoral law so that elections can take place on the scheduled date of 24 December 2021, enabling the Libyan people to express itself at the ballot box.

Minister Di Maio also underlined that in the area of security it would be opportune to preserve the significant results achieved so far by the 5+5 Joint Military Commission, in particular the reopening of the Sirte-Misurata coastal road and the release of prisoners. He also recalled the urgent need to achieve full implementation of the ceasefire agreement, beginning from the withdrawal from the country of all foreign fighters and mercenaries.

Minister Di Maio also confirmed Italy’s commitment to supporting the intra-Libyan reconciliation process, included in the Fezzan Agreement.

The importance was then recalled of the need to approve the unified budget for 2021, which is necessary so that the Libyan Government can implement the reform and development agenda and respond to the need to improve social conditions by relaunching economic activities.

At the bilateral level, Di Maio confirmed that Italy is willing to further consolidate the process of relaunching the Italian-Libyan partnership.