The Address | Benghazi – Libya
PALERMO – Former Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi, stated on Monday that the conference on Libya in Palermo is “a resounding flop” as he blamed the current Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, for this failure.
“Credibility in foreign policy is serious, not sudden. For those who know the rules of international meetings and diplomacy, Palermo is unfortunately a resounding flop. And I, as an Italian, am very sorry.” said Renzi.
He stated that Conte deliberately chose to held the Palermo conference after the Paris event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
“Conte and [Enzo] Moavero Milanesi had studied the calendar well and decided to organize a nice conference on Libya in Italy, the day after Paris, counting on the presence ‘in the zone’ of all the great leaders. Unfortunately, none of the great ones – who also took part in masses in Paris – decided to accept the Italian invitation.” said Renzi before adding that French President Emmanuel Macron “showed Conte how international events are organized.”