ROMA, MAY 6 – The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Angelino Alfano, travelled to Tripoli on Saturday to renew Italy’s support to national reconciliation and dialogue in Libya as “the only way possible towards the stabilization and institutional consolidation in the country”, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in Rome.
Alfano’s visit is a follow up to the recent meeting between the Libyan premier Fayez al Serraj and Khalifa Haftar in Abu Dhabi, and last week’s talks in Rome between represnetatives of Tripoli and Tobruk. Yesterday Alfano talked over the phone with UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi, pledging concrete support (in the form of 10 million Euros) to the UN agency’s plan for Libya. It was also made possible by the Italian Embassy in Libya lead by Giuseppe Perrone, which has recently reopened and is the only European diplomatic presence currently in Tripoli.
In Tripoli Alfano met al Serraj, deputy-premier Ahmed Maitig, the President of the High State Council Abdulrahman Al-Swehli and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Taher Siyala. “New talks will be held soon in Sicily to relaunch cooperation and bring momentum in the bilateral relations”, Alfano told Maitig, adding that Italy “trusts Libya to effectively work with us in the fight against human smuggling”.
In his talks with Serraj, the Minister pressed for a new impulse on the Libyan Political Accord: “Only an inclusive and Libyan-owned dialogue, within the Libyan Political accord, can advance reconciliation and consolidate effective institutions”, he said, stressing that “the dialogue needs to be inclusive and reassure all Lybians with the goal of finally implementing the LPA”.
A similar message was conveyed to Siyala: “Nobody can take the place of Libyans in deciding the path to their own future. We are here to support them”, Alfano said, adding that Italy is ready to renew the strategic partnership at the base of the 2008 Treaty of Friendship. (@OnuItalia)