Conte To Macron: Italy Refuses Holding Elections By The End Of This Year In Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

LIBYA – Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Friday that his government had informed French President Emmanuel Macron that it would not support the acceleration of the electoral process in Libya before the political reconciliation process between the two sides is completed.

Conte said in an interview with the Italian “Corriere della Sera” newspaper that his government is acting on Libya in “a coordinated manner” among Italian Government ministers under a clear strategy, as Libya represents a priority to Italy.

Conte added that Italy had informed the French president of its refusal to support the Libyan elections and the “to escape forward” strategy, because elections in Libya should take place after reconciliation between the different parties of Libya, noting that Germany remains one of Italy’s main interlocutors.

The Italian Prime Minister said that the center Italy’s attention at this stage is Libya and North Africa after they were destabilized areas because of the erroneous strategic calculations of the West, pointing out that Libya is a starting point for migrants to reach Europe.

Conte stressed Italy’s attempt to restore centralization to the Mediterranean after being marginalized by the north and east expansion of the European Union.

Conte’s remarks followed the visit of his defense minister to Tripoli and Misurata after French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Tripoli, Misurata, Benghazi, and Tobruk, during which he met Libyan leaders who met in Paris on May 29 and agreed to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on December 10, 201,8 after establishing a constitutional basis on 16 September 2018.


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