Italy Supports December Elections and Withdrawal of Foreign Mercenaries and Fighters from Libya – Al Marsad

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said that his country strongly supports the path of stability in Libya. “We show this with facts,” he said.

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, in a post on his social media pages, after his participation in the Libya Stabilisation Conference, said: “Ensuring peace and development in this country [Libya] is a priority for the entire international community, because a stable Libya also means a safer Europe.”

“We can combat terrorism and uncontrolled migration flows by pursuing two central goals: Parliamentary and Presidential elections at the end of the year and full implementation of the ceasefire agreement,” he added. He noted that free and transparent elections with a gradual withdrawal of foreign mercenaries and fighters can guarantee these results.

Di Maio said: “Italy is historically linked to Libya, which is why we will continue to support its institutions towards completing the transition process. Therefore, the Tripoli Conference was an important moment to reaffirm the commitment of the entire international community, and with Italy at the forefront.”

During his sixth visit to Libya since the beginning of the year, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio met with the Prime Minister of the Unity Government, Abdul Hamid Dabaiba, on the sidelines of the ministerial conference on the Libya Stability Initiative.

A memo from the Foreign Ministry in Rome issued on Thursday indicated that Minister Di Maio stressed the absolute importance of the partnership with Libya. He also expressed his appreciation for the conference organized by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the interim Government of National Unity (GNU), Najla al-Mangoush, and said it represented an important sign of Libya’s readiness to make progress in the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement, in conjunction with the work of the United Nations in this regard.

Di Maio also stressed Italy’s determination to cooperate with the Libyan authorities and with all parts of the state to support the next stages of the political process and its most urgent priorities: the holding of elections on 24 December, in order to ensure a prospect of lasting stability and development in Libya, along with the withdrawal of all mercenaries and foreign fighters from the country.

The memo concluded that the main files of bilateral relations were discussed, including trade cooperation, infrastructure and migration.