Lybia: Ministerial Meeting in Vienna. Unity and stabilisation of the country a priority target for Italy
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The ministerial meeting on Libya scheduled for tomorrow in Vienna follows up on the Rome meeting of 13 December 2015, whose success was decisive for the signing of the Libyan political agreement, the approval of the UN Security Council’s Resolution N. 2259 and, subsequently, and the arrival of Prime Minister Fayez al Sarraj and of the Presidential Council in Tripoli last 30 March.

The unity and stabilisation of Libya remain a priority target for Italy. Called and co-chaired by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and by the Italian Foreign Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, the Vienna meeting shall convene all the “Rome format” Countries (the permanent members of the UN Security Council, several European and regional Countries and International and Regional Organisations) and shall be extended to Malta, Chad, Niger and Sudan. The most salient novelty is represented by the participation to the meeting of Prime Minister Fayez al Sarraj and the members of the Presidential Council/Government of National Accord, thus factually bearing witness to the progress, albeit still fragile, that has been made in Libya’s political dialogue in the last few months. Through his attendance, Mr Al-Sarraj will be able to receive the staunch international support for his actions and present some of the first decisions taken, such as the decree providing for the training of the Presidential Guard and the creation of a joint operations command to fight Daesh. The Vienna meeting was prepared in cooperation with the United States and, on the part of Italy, during Minister Gentiloni’s visit to Tunis on 9 May and through a series of telephone conversations with his Libyan interlocutors and with several participants including Ministers Ayrault, Hammond, Steinmeier, Lavrov, Al Jubeir, the EU’s High Representative Federica Mogherini, the UN Special Representative Kobler and Secretary of State Kerry. Preparatory meetings were also held with Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

(With Farnesina Press)