TRIPOLI, JANUARY 9 – Two years after it was forced to closed its Embassy for security reasons, Italy reopens its diplomatic mission in Libya. In a joint press conference with the Italian Minister for the Interiors Marco Minniti, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Libyan government of national accord (GNA), Mohammed al-Taher Siyala, announced that the Italian ambassador-designate to Libya Giuseppe Perrone will present its credentials tomorrow in Tripoli.
Perrone “will be the first Ambassador to re-open its country diplomatic mission in Libya”, Siyala said. The Italian Embassy was the last to close in February 2015 when the security situation in the Libyan capital became unsustainable: “It will be now the first to operate in Tripoli on a continuative basis”, Siyala said.
Traveling to New York, where tomorrow will participate to a UNSC meeting on sustainable peace, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Angelino Alfano, praised Ambassador Perrone “deep knowledge of the region”, defining him “one of the best diplomats that Italy has available”. According to Alfano, the fact that the Embassy is re-opening after a two-year gap “is the strongest possible message of friendship towards the Libyan people and a message of confidence in the stabilization process of the country”.
The Embassy will start releasing visas and facilitating contacts between the two countries “as soon as possible”, the Libyan minister added. Italy had announced last August the appointment of Perrone as the new Ambassador. Giuseppe Perrone is 49 years old. He was the Director for the Mediterranean and Middle Eastrn Countries after having served as Consul General in Los Angeles from 2011 to 2014 when he was chosen for the new post by the Italian government. (@OnuItalia)