Gentiloni hopes Macron-Sarraj-Haftar meeting positive

Premier comments on Paris encounter

24 July, 19:09

    (ANSAmed) - MONZA, JULY 24 - Premier Paolo Gentiloni said Monday that he hopes a Paris meeting hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron with Libyan head of government Fayez Al-Sarraj and rival General Khalifa Haftar delivers results. "We'll see," Gentiloni said. "I hope there is a positive contribution".

    French government sources on Monday dismissed talk that Italy had been excluded in relation to the move to seek to end the chaos that the North African country is still enduring after a Paris-led campaign contributed to the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. "Our Italian friends and partners are closely involved in this initiative," Élysée Palace sources told ANSA. "We had very intense dialogue with Rome again this morning". The chaos in Libya has helped human traffickers and contributed to the Mediterranean asylum-seeker crisis. Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano opened the 12th Conference of Ambassadors at his ministry in Rome Monday by saying that Italy supports "the unity of Libya" and had examined "collaboration" in recent weeks with Sarraj's government. "The fact that French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is here for the third time is indicative of how much Italy and France work in harmony for stability in Libya," Alfano said. "The fragility of the Libyan institutions can have a devastating impact on the countries nearby".

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