Luigi Di Maio in Rome: Field Marshal Haftar Will Visit Italy Soon as Agreed in Benghazi – Al Marsad

Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luigi Di Maio revealed on Wednesday that he invited the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar to visit Rome in the next few weeks.

[Libya, 18 December 2019] – Luigi Di Maio met with reporters at Ciampino International Airport in Rome after his return from Libya. The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs said he was set to call Fayez al-Sarraj, Chairman of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) to discuss the outputs of his Libya tour. “We will also meet Haftar here in Rome during the next few weeks, as we agreed in Al-Rajma, in Benghazi,” Di Maio informed journalists on his arrival.

Di Maio said he conducted a very important visit to Libya, revealing that the government of Rome will appoint a special envoy to Libya. The new Italian envoy will report to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and his mission will concentrate on establishing a continuous, direct and focused relationship with all parties to the Libyan conflict, according to Di Maio.

“In the coming days you will know the name of the new Italian Special Envoy to Libya. He will be a high-profile personality. His task will be to carry forward all matters relevant to our political relations with all parties in Libya, Italy is ready to work to find a diplomatic solution to the Libyan crisis,” Di Maio stated.


Referring to the recent maritime agreement between Erdogan and Sarraj, Luigi Di Maio added, “I said in Tripoli that the maritime agreement with Turkey complicates matters and affects the interests of two member states in the European Union. We are thinking of sending Josep Borrell, the European Union’s High Representative to the region.”

Di Mayo also pointed out that the Italian efforts in the Libyan file will include several EU countries, the United States, Russia and China. He highlighted Italy’s desire to restore its natural role and spoke about the seriousness of the terrorist threat and the humanitarian situation in Libya. He announced that Italy will receive Tuesday a number of Benghazi children who are suffering from leukemia in order to provide medical treatment for them.

The Italian Foreign Minister visited Libya on Tuesday morning, where he met the Chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj, and a number of his government officials in Tripoli before he travelled to Al-Rajma near Benghazi to meet with the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. He then flew to Tobruk where he met with the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Chancellor Aguila Saleh.

© Al Marsad English (2019)