ROME, JULY 25 – Too many initiatives in Libya: “Let’s unify efforts on the UN-led mediation”, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Angelino Alfano told today the daily La Stampa.
“I saw my colleague Le Drian. Italy has reopened its embassy in Tripoli, promoted economic dialogue with the Forum in Agrigento and is establishing relations with Eastern Libya. We support the Tripoli Government but we too are in contact with Haftar. However, our priority is to reinforce the new UN Special Envoy Ghassan Salamé. There are too many formats open in Libya, too many mediators, too many initiatives, from the Gulf to Egypt, from Algeria to Tunisia, from the European Union to the interests of the single Member States: it is necessary to unify efforts and concentrate them on Salamé; if everybody went his own way, we would end up delegitimating him.”, Alfano said.
The Minister argued that “the French negotiation is not the first and I fear will not be the last. We are in favor of initiatives that promote dialogue and therefore also of the French effort. But I repeat: we support Salamé.”, Alfano said.
Generally speaking, the Minister stressed that Italy’s foreign policy is guided by two “absolute priorities”, growth and security. “With respect to growth, we are working hard on our economic diplomacy while on the front of security, we need to stabilise the areas of crisis in the Mediterranean where terrorists, human traffickers and criminals are rooted.”
Security and growth is also the agenda of the Conference of Ambassador held from July 24 to 27 in Rome and Milan: “In addition to strictly geopolitical issues, we have done something unprecedented: exceptionally making the Palazzo della Farnesina available to the companies interested in tightening relations with our diplomatic network in the world and a very large number of them accepted the invitation.” (@OnuItalia)