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Libya: 18 Countries Represented at High Level Meeting in Rome

On Tuesday, Libya's Presidential Council announced a new government

ROME, 19 January 2016 – The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome is hosting a High Level meeting on the Libyan crisis. It’s attended by representatives of 18 countries, three international organizations and Libya’s Presidential Council’s officials. It represents an occasion to discuss the political, economic, and humanitarian support to be provided to the Libyan institutions, in order to ensure the development of the country, as well as the chance to address security issues and the position of countries like Egypt, Tunisia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, Libya’s Presidential Council announced the formation of a new government — “A crucial step, even if the framework remains fragile”, commented Italy’s Foreign minister, Paolo Gentiloni. “The House of Representatives in Tobruk should now approve as quickly as possible the list of the ministers”, he added, congratulating the Council for the work done.

FM Gentiloni received today UN Special Envoy to Libya Martin Kobler, who had previously defined Italy a “leader” in the reconstruction of Libya. The two diplomats agreed that the Presidential Council’s announcement of a (32-minister) unity government is a “decisive development”, opening a positive chapter for the country. “We are facing a real opportunity for the stabilization of the country, that has to be seized. Italy is ready to do its part to support Libya”, added the minister.

Today’s high level meeting in Rome follows the Conference of 13 December 2015, also hosted at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which led to the signing of the UN-brokered “Libyan Political Agreement” for the establishment of a national unity government (Skhirat, Morocco, 17 December 2015). Representatives of the same countries that joined December’s Conference are also participating at today’s summit, with the addition of Canada and Malta. (@annaaserafini)

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