The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Paolo Gentiloni, had a number of telephone contacts yesterday and today (24 and 25 August 2015) on the outlook for a solution to the crisis in Libya. His aim is to support the on-going negotiations, facilitated by United Nations Envoy Bernardino Leon, to establish a Libyan government of national accord.
During his telephone conversation with Leon, Minister Gentiloni confirmed his full support for the special envoy’s efforts. He reiterated his hope that the negotiations would reach a positive conclusion in a very rapid timescale.
In a later phone conversation with the Algerian Minister for Maghreb Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, Gentiloni agreed with his assessment of the current talks. Both ministers agreed to continue and intensify their contacts both with other regional actors and with the parties in Libya. They will continue to support the UN Envoy’s initiative in what is set to be a decisive stage in the negotiations for the country’s future.
Gentiloni and Messahel hoped that the Libyan representatives at the negotiating table would take the decisions required by the gravity of the situation in order to overcome the remaining obstacles and reach agreement. In this, they will have the support of the main countries working for a solution to the crisis.
Minister Gentiloni will continue his contacts today and in the next few days with other interlocutors.