Libya: Italy will take responsibility, says Italian FM

Support for PM Zeidan on July 4 in Rome

21 June, 15:28

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JUNE 21 - Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino has said that Italy would be taking on responsibility not only to help Libya but also to look out for Italian interests.

    She made this statement during the Belisario Award ceremony on Thursday evening in Rome, in response to U.S. President's request at the recent G8 for Italy to assist Libya. ''We will do everything we can. Libya is a country with which we have a long history, the minister said in giving the Mela D'Oro 2013 to Alaa Murabit, a Libyan human rights activist.

    The first step will be on July 4, when Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan - who was also invited to the recent G8 - and a number of other Libyan ministers will be in Rome. Italy will play an active role in Libya with actions aiming to support the democratic transition and economic development and to encourage Libyans to continue the reconciliation process and constitutional reform in a peaceful and inclusive manner, Prime Minister Enrico Letta announced at the G8. Prime Minister Letta said that Italy would implement a three-pronged strategy: military training, some of its conducted within the country and some abroad; assistance with building efficient institutions, including the Coast Guard; and the collection of weapons, as there are still too many in disparate hands throughout the country. Following the humanitarian emergency, noted Italian Ambassador to the UN Cesare Maria Ragaglini, Italy's commitment in Libya has focused on security and border control as well as activities for job creation and the development of civil society, with over 56 million euros going towards diverse projects, ranging from bolstering governance to cultural heritage protection. (ANSAmed).

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