Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio begins official visit to Libya

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio will visit Tripoli, Benghazi and Tobruk as of Monday.

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Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio will visit the Libyan capital, Tripoli, as well as the cities of Benghazi and Tobruk in the eastern part of the country as part of his Libya tour, which he started on Monday. Within the scope of his visit, it was stated that Di Maio will hold talks with Head of the Presidential Council Mohamed al-Menfi, Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, and Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) Aguila Saleh.

In an interview with Aki news agency on July 14, Di Maio stated that he would organize a visit to the capital Tripoli to evaluate the political process and the activities of the Libyan Coast Guard in the Eastern Mediterranean. Di Maio visited Libya with his German and French counterparts in March when the Government of National Unity (GNU) was formed. Finally, the Italian Minister, who flew to the capital Tripoli on May 28, had bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Dbeibeh.

In addition, it was noted that Di Maio will also meet with Italian Ambassador Carlo Batori during his visit to Benghazi. The Benghazi Consulate of Italy officially started operating on July 6. Italy, which has been following an active diplomacy in the Libyan crisis since 2011, closely follows Libya in trade relations and in the prevention of irregular migration towards Europe.

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