The Address | Benghazi – Libya
ROME – Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has expressed hope that year 2019 will be pivotal in the settlement of the crisis in Libya, whose people are becoming increasingly insistent that the country completes its prolonged transition period.
On Sunday, Conte paid a visit to Libya, where he held talks with the head of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, and the General Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, among others.
“I wish … that the year 2019 becomes a true turning point for Libya … I reminded all my interlocutors during the visit to Libya that the Libyan people demand more and more insistently to find a way out of the transition period, which has lasted for too long. I am convinced that the decisive impulse to this settlement will be given by the country’s citizens, as well as the main Libyan leaders’ ever-increasing readiness for dialogue,” Conte told La Stampa newspaper in an interview published on Monday.
The prime minister also noted that Rome was pursuing its efforts aimed at settling the Libyan crisis following November’s Palermo international conference on Libya. Conte also expressed hope that the plans to hold a conference on Libyan reconciliation in February, brought forward by Special Representative of the UN secretary general to Libya, Ghassan Salame, would be successful.
“The strengthening of the country’s security, the adoption of measures that will make Libya’s economic system more fair and efficient, and, of course, a political and institutional transition … are an integral part of the road map for the Libyan settlement,” the prime minister added.