US Report Says Italy and the US Seek to Play a Positive Role in Libya   – Al Marsad

A report published by a US magazine said both United States and Italy are in a position to help Libya improve its prospects for peace and stability, as the country emerges from a conflict that has lasted a decade.

(Libya, 15 April 2021) – The report published by the US publication, The National Interest, said that numerous countries intervened in the Libyan conflict in order to protect or advance their own interests, but none had the capacity to bring solutions to the Libya conflict. Their “meddling and influence only perpetuated the problems”.

The report indicated that a stable, peaceful and prosperous Libya “would be a boon to the Greater Middle East and benefit the transatlantic community as well”.  It added that “as Libya emerges from a decade of chaos, both Italy and the United States are in a position to help improve the country’s prospects for progress.”

Italy has always enjoyed close ties with Libya in various technical and commercial sectors, but “lacked the influence to mediate between the squabbling powers”. It said tha the US, meanwhile, has been risk-averse on engaging too deeply in Libyan affairs, and instead has adopted to “lead from behind” strategy in the first civil war, and keeping its distance in the second.

With an extended ceasefire and national elections slated for December, the report said the Libyan people faced a more promising future. By working together, “as friends of Libya, Italy and the United States could add significant diplomatic support and momentum to keep history moving in the right direction.”

According to the report, inaction is not an option, because Libya’s problems don’t stay in Libya. Its impact is felt across the entire region and the transatlantic region. Illegal immigration from North Africa and, in particular, from Libya has been a serious problem affecting European concerns, and which as only worsened during the decade of conflict.

The report also cited the worrying role of the Muslim Brotherhood and how it could affect Libya’s future, and their influence was at the root of the tension between Field Marsha Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan National Army (LNA) and Fayez al-Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA). The report cited an Al Jazeera quote which claimed that Libya’s new interim prime minister, Abdul Hamid Dbaiba, is “known to be supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood and is close to Turkey.”

The report added that political stabilization was the country’s most pressing need, and that Libya would face a difficult test in next December’s general elections. It also said that Italy has taken a step in this direction through the visit of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and his Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio to the country.