Del Re in Brussels: common ground with EU contries on development; announces humanitarian aid for Libya

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BRUSSELS, MAY 16 – In view of the clashes in the Tripoli area, the deputy minister for foreign affairs and international cooperation, Emanuela Del Re, has decided to strengthen the humanitarian action of the Italian Cooperation in Libya. Del Re announced two  contributions for a total of 1,000,000 euros in favor of the World Health Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The Italian aid responds to the two organizations’ requests for international support. Its goal is to strengthen humanitarian assistance for the civilian population affected by the conflict and accompanies the determined action carried out by the Italian government to favor a rapid cessation of hostility, the return to dialogue and the search for a political solution to the crisis. The use of explosive weapons in populated areas of the Libyan capital continues to cause civilian casualties.  At least six civilians were killed, and five others were injured in an apparent airstrike in Qasr bin Ghashir on Tuesday, the Un Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric said today: “Humanitarians continue to remind parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law to take all feasible measures to avoid civilian harm.  They call on all parties to refrain from using explosive weapons — including by aerial bombing or shelling — in populated areas, given their likely indiscriminate effect”.

In Brussels, where she took part in the European Foreign Council and development, Del Re reported that focus of talks between the Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte and General Haftar was the cease fire. At the end of the Council’s meeting, the Italian deputy minister registered convergence with other EU countries on issues involving development.

“With the countries of the Union there is a certain convergence of views on many things, indeed there is a great willingness to cooperate even more among us, to create integrated structures, because we are all aware that on the great themes we need an integrated approach “, she added. Del Re remarked that “Italy looks very good on this front. We have talked of the 2030 agenda, of young people, of the Sahel and of additional financial instruments on top of those that we already have contributed to development, and on these fronts we are champions”. (@OnuItalia)