The Address | Benghazi – Libya
GENEVA – The importance of “cohesive support for stabilisation in Libya along the lines delineated by the UN and during the Berlin Process” and the “Italy’s firm support for the achieving of a real ceasefire in the 5+5 Joint Military Committee, which is meeting these days in Geneva, and at the beginning of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum” were expressed by Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio.
Di Maio took part Thursday in a videoconference of the 16th ministerial meeting of the Dialogo 5+5 on the theme “Together for collective security and partnership in the Western Mediterranean”, the ministry said.
The meeting, organised by the Tunisian-Maltese co-presidency, coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Rome Declaration, which set up this format of talks.
Taking part in addition to Di Maio were the foreign ministers of Tunisia, Malta, Algeria, Spain, France, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, and Poland, as well as the High Representative of the European Union and the main regional organisations involved: the Anna Lindh Foundation, the Union for the Mediterranean, the Union of the Arab Maghreb and the Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly.
In his speech, Di Maio reiterated Italy’s strategic interest in the stability and development of the Mediterranean region, underscoring the positive contribution of the 5+5 Dialogue to cooperation between the two sides of the Mediterranean.
Di Maio noted the importance of regional actions focused on the young and to deal with shared challenges, citing as an example the Italian proposal for a “Grand Pacte pour la Jeunesse”, which he launched during his visit to Tunis on August 17.
Special attention was then given to the issue of regional security – including the topics of Libya, the Sahel, and terrorism – and countering undocumented migrant flows.
On the situation in Libya, Italy’s foreign minister underscored cohesive support to the stabilization of the country .
He noted that the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, which begins on October 26, will be key to drawing up an inclusive approach to the institutional future of Libya.
On the issue of strengthening regional dialogue, the minister then noted the contribution offered by the Rome MED Dialogues organised by the foreign ministry and slated to be held in a ‘hybrid’ format from November 25 to December 4.