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Minister Luigi Di Maio visits Libya (2 August 2021)

On Monday, 2 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, will visit Libya, where he will meet a wide range of interlocutors to discuss key topics, such as furthering the dialogue on the UN-led stabilisation and institutional transition process, which Italy supports with determination, to encourage the renewed commitment of all Libyan parties and concrete progress towards achieving several key objectives, including the holding of elections on 24 December, the implementation of the ceasefire, the adoption of the unified budget and national reconciliation and, last but not least, promoting the many initiatives underway for the broad-based strengthening of the bilateral partnership.

This is the fifth time, since the beginning of the year, that the Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs will visit the country, testifying to Italy’s steadfast commitment to stabilising Libya, which has taken an important step forward with the reopening of the Sirte-Misurata coastal road announced on the eve of the visit.

The visit, which also includes a stop in Cyrenaica, comes in the wake of the strengthening of the Italian institutional presence on the ground, following the recent reopening of the Consulate General in Benghazi.

The meetings will also focus on the joint efforts under way to revive economic cooperation between the two countries in various sectors (infrastructure, energy, transport), also in light of the positive results of the Business Forum hosted at the Foreign Ministry, on 31 May, in the presence of PM Dabaiba.

The agenda also includes initiatives and prospects for cooperation in the fields of migration, health and culture.