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Rome ready to support “new Libya”

December 29, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced on Monday that his country supports the Libyan national unity government headed by Fayiz al-Sarraj, stating that his government is also ready to rehabilitate basic services in the “new Libya,” Anadolu reported.

The statement was issued by the Italian ministerial council following al- Sarraj’s first visit to Europe. Businessman Fayez el-Sarraj has been designated as the head of a 17-member transitional Libyan government which is scheduled to take office in mid-January under an accord signed by some members of the country’s two rival parliaments on December 17 and subsequently endorsed by the UN Security Council.

A statement released by the Italian leader’s office said Renzi had “expressed his full confidence in the capacity of the new Libyan authorities to meet the pressing challenges awaiting them, starting with the formation of a government and the construction of an institutional framework based on inclusion and national reconciliation.”

“Italy is ready to respond rapidly, within the necessary framework of international legality, to any potential requests for assistance from Libya,” said Renzi.