Italy-Spain Hail Progress Made in Political Process in Libya

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On Tuesday, Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Marina Serini held a meeting with the Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Cristina Gallach to discuss issues of common concern, especially concerning the developments in Libya.

During the talks, Sereni said that Libya has entered a decisive stage of stability, affirming that Italy is committed to strengthening bilateral relations with Libya and supporting the work of the United Nations. The Italian diplomat stressed the importance of holding the elections as scheduled, describing it as a real turning point in bringing an end to the crisis that has marred Libya for more than a decade.

During the meeting, Sereni and Cristina welcomed the UN Security Council’s unanimous approval of the resolution that recognizes the newly-formed Government of National Unity (GNU), and obliges all sides to respect the October ceasefire agreement, and expel all foreign forces and mercenaries out of the North African country.

The duo also stressed the need for the international community to make greater efforts to consolidate the current positive gains, and overcome the difficulties and fragility that still affect the political process in Libya.

The country is attempting to restore stability after electing the new GNU led by Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba in February. Dbaiba pledged to hand over power to the upcoming government after organising elections for December 2021.