Conte: The truce in Libya gives hope


On Monday, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte considered the declared truce in Libya, on the initiative of a Turkish-Russian, to be “hopeful.”

This came during a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after a meeting brought them together in the presidential complex in the capital, Ankara.

Conte said, “Thanks to the Berlin track, Libya will move from tension to the stage of a political solution.”

He added, “The truce in Libya gives hope, and we want to make it permanent.”

He continued: “I hope that the cease-fire that came into effect in Libya following the calls of Turkey and Russia is an appropriate ground for entering the path of peace.”

Conti touched on the role that Italy will play in the current stage in Libya, noting that his country aims to be a non-divided, independent and sovereign Libya.

He pointed out that he agreed on limiting the escalating military situation through a truce, stressing that the situation began to move towards taking a positive position after the Turkish-Russian declaration of a cease-fire.

He pointed out that the Berlin track is an important opportunity regarding the Libyan file, pointing out that he had discussed this issue on Sunday with German Chancellor (Angela Merkel) and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to Conte, the Berlin conference will take place days after (January 19), adding: “Thanks to that, the political track will be replaced instead of tension.”

Speaking of the Libyans, he went on to say: “They decide their future through every decision, movement and behavior, and they will find in Italy a valuable ally if they want to live prosperity and have a democratic life in every sense of the word, because Italy is supportive of the political process.”

The Italian Prime Minister stated that during his meeting with the Turkish President, he received information about the ongoing talks (on Libya) in the Russian capital, Moscow.

He added: “I think that it will be signed (an agreement between the parties to the Libyan crisis), this is only a step, as the process is complicated, and we cannot fire chants of victory immediately, we must meet in Berlin after the signing of the ceasefire.”

Conte stressed the importance of inviting everyone to the Berlin conference.

And last Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin issued a joint statement, calling for a ceasefire in Libya, starting at midnight on Saturday / Sunday.

With the first minute of Sunday, in response to a Turkish-Russian initiative, a ceasefire between the Libyan National Accord government and the forces of retired Major General Khalifa Hifter, who is contesting the government over the legitimacy and authority of the oil-rich country, began.

And Haftar forces launched since April 4, an attack to control the capital, Tripoli, the seat of government, which aborted the efforts of the United Nations to hold a dialogue conference between the Libyans.

Regarding developments in the Middle East, Conte indicated that his country attaches importance to the problems of the Middle East countries such as Syria and Iraq, stressing the need to intensify the diplomatic effort to solve these problems and restore life to normal in those countries.

On relations with Turkey, Conte indicated that the two countries have very old and solid ties in economic, commercial and cultural terms.

He pointed out that many Italian companies are active in Turkey, and that similar to Turkish are active in Italy, expressing great pleasure in these activities.

He revealed that the number of Italian active companies in Turkey reached 1400 companies.


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