Dbaiba: Militias Must be Disbanded by Integrating Them Into Libya’s Security Forces – Al Marsad

The Prime Minister of the interim Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdul Hamid al-Dbaiba, in an interview to Corriere della Sera said that militias should be completely disbanded by integrating them in Libya’s security forces.

(LIBYA, 30 March 2021) – The Prime Minister of the interim Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdul Hamid Dbaiba, said in an interview to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, that “the army has united through the talks that were brokered by the United Nations in Geneva, which allowed a ceasefire agreement, and the ministries and public companies must absorb all those militiamen who are eager lay down their weapons.”

The Prime Minister said that “We will reunite the institutions. In less than a month, we have already completed 80 percent of this process. The very hard task now is creating a single national army.”

ECONOMIC SOLUTION IS KEY TO MILITARY SOLUTION

Regarding Italy’s opening its Consulate in Benghazi, Dbaiba said that Benghazi was a very important city and is going through a difficult time. He also added: “My Interior Minister was there two days ago, and now the local police rely on us, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Najla al-Mangoush is visiting the city as well. I insisted that the foreign minister be a woman to strengthen our civil society and outreach to the world, and I am proud of her.”

With regard to economic affairs, Dbaiba said “economic development is the solution to military tensions. We will talk about business, not weapons. We will work with anyone who helps to rebuild, no matter where they come from.”

He added: “We have an urgent need to strengthen the energy industry and the national infrastructure. We have huge problems with the electricity grid, healthcare is destroyed, roads, and much more.”

LIBYA IS OPEN TO ITALIAN COMPANIES

“Rome is an hour away from Tripoli. Our story is a story of collaboration with a lot of things in common, from climate to food,” said Dbaiba. He affirmed his intention to reopen the door to Italian investors and companies as soon as possible, urging them to consider Libya their home and not just a company.

He said: “With the Italian Prime Minister, we will study what are the important Italian companies that we want to facilitate. I’m thinking, for example, of big groups, like Salini Impregilo, with whom we are negotiating a contract worth more than a billion dollars.”

“When I was a businessman myself, at the time of the signing of the Gaddafi and Berlusconi agreements in 2008, I was working as a supervisor for those projects. I would really like to see many small Italian companies come back to work and for the Italian embassy to work at full capacity. ”

He explained, “Alitalia Airlines should reopen soon, as airlines already fly to Rome and Milan. Eni is a major partner for oil and gas. I also expect you to invest in the defense of our environment and our development, and I have already started a project for a small solar panel system, which will help provide clean energy in light of the summer heat.”

Dbaiba expressed his hope that Eni would also work to improve Libya’s hospitals, and that its technicians would participate in exploring new wells in the eastern region.

He pointed out that the annual Italian-Libyan trade exceeded at its best 16 billion dollars, but today it is less than half, adding: “I am sure that we will soon reach more than 16 billion.”

Dbaiba concluded by saying: “We have to look forward, forget what happened in the past, and think of our children, and we will be with anyone who helps to rebuild without discrimination. This is why Italy is still a central partner. We no longer want any form of civil war. I am with Libya first and foremost. “Europe is ‘vital’ to the new Libya as it is opening its arms to us, we are happy, if they welcome us. Turkey is also very important to us.”

© ALMARSAD ENGLISH (2021)