Italian Prime Minister in Cairo to discuss the Libyan crisis


Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte started a visit to Cairo, on Monday evening, from Turkey, as part of a regional tour to discuss developments in the Libyan crisis.

Conte is scheduled to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Tuesday to discuss ways to support cooperation and developments in the Libyan crisis, within the framework of the mediation carried out by Rome in this regard, according to the Egyptian newspaper “Al-Watan” (especially).

Conte’s visit (whose duration has not been announced) comes days after Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi de Mayo’s visit to Cairo, as part of a Middle East tour that also included Turkey and Algeria.

De Mayo participated in the five-way coordination meeting that included the foreign ministers of Egypt, Italy, Rome, Greece and France at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to discuss the Libyan crisis.

Conte was discussing the Libyan file with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Monday.

Before leaving Ankara for Cairo, Conte told Italian media that he was looking positively at the declared ceasefire in Libya at the initiative of Turkey and Russia.

He added that his country “wants to start a democratic phase in Libya.”

He continued, “No one can think of playing a role in Libya for the sake of his personal interests, and I did not notice anything like this on President Erdogan.”

Conte stressed that Italy “will not side with the Libyan crisis for historical, economic and cultural reasons,” noting that “his country wants to direct its power of influence towards the prosperity and independence of the Libyan people.”

On Monday, Moscow hosted indirect quad talks on Libya between representatives of the Russian and Turkish sides, a delegation of the Libyan government and another of the government backed by retired general Khalifa Haftar.

Moscow announced that both Al-Sarraj and the head of the Libyan Supreme Council of State Khaled al-Mashri signed a text of a draft ceasefire, while the delegation of Haftar and the speaker of the House of Representatives in Tobruk (east) asked Aqila Saleh, until Tuesday morning.

And last Wednesday, President Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, issued a joint statement, in which he called for a ceasefire in Libya, starting from midnight on Saturday and Sunday, which the Libyan parties responded to.

Since April 4, Haftar’s forces have launched an offensive to seize the capital, Tripoli (west), the seat of the internationally recognized “National Accord” government, which aborted the efforts of the United Nations to hold a dialogue conference between the Libyans.


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