Today the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, is attending the Ministerial Meeting on Libya at Lancaster House, in London. The format includes the participation of the foreign ministers of Italy, United Kingdom, United States, France, Egypt and United Arab Emirates. Attending the meeting is also the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Ghassan Salamé.
The meeting aims to make a joint reflection on the state of the political process in Libya, exchange evaluations on how to support the action of the United Nations on this dossier ahead of the meeting on the same theme that Secretary-General Guterres will convene in New York, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next 20 September.
The meeting will then discuss a Roadmap for the amendments to be made to the National Political Agreement, for the adoption of a Libyan Constitution and for the perspective of holding parliamentary elections. Lastly, the discussion will focus on renewing the mandate to the UNSMIL mission.
On the fringes of the ministerial meeting, Minister Alfano will meet with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Hassan Shoukry, at 5:00 p.m. local time to discuss several issues of mutual interest. The bilateral meeting is scheduled on the day in which Ambassador Giampaolo Cantini takes office in Cairo.
Immediately after, at 5:30 p.m., Minister Alfano will meet with the British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson.
Referring to this meeting, Minister Alfano said: “Brexit is a challenge that the European Union is taking very seriously but that must not divert attention from the EU’s comprehensive Agenda. At the European Council meeting of last April, we clearly outlined a course of action and we hope that by October sufficient progress will have been made to be able to initiate a preliminary discussion on the future framework of relations between Brussels and London. As for the citizens, we want to avoid complicating the lives of millions of people and protect the acquired rights of European citizens in the United Kingdom.” In addition to Brexit, the agenda of the meeting will also focus on Libya, North Korea, the Western Balkans, the Italian Presidency of the OSCE, Russia and Somalia.
At the end of the meeting at Lancaster House, Minister Alfano will meet Italian journalists at the Residence of the Italian Ambassador in 4 Grosvenor Square, W1.