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Libya: Italian FM Di Maio meets GNA leader in Tripoli00:32

Libya: Italian FM Di Maio meets GNA leader in Tripoli

Libya, Tripoli
June 24, 2020 at 16:56 GMT -00:00 · Published

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio paid an official visit to Tripoli on Wednesday to meet with members of Libya's internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), including Fayez Al-Sarraj.

GNA leader Fayez al-Serraj could be seen welcoming Di Magio before holding talks. Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha and Foreign Minister Tahir Siyala were also present at the meeting.

The meeting was arranged after several areas, including the Greater Tripoli Region and the "last major stronghold" of the LNA in Tarhuna, were wrestled back from the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Haftar. Haftar's troops left the region after a 14-month-long offensive, on June 5.

On Tuesday, the Italian Foreign Minister said Italy's goals in Libya include, "to guarantee geostrategic interests, to ensure the unity of Libya and to bring about the end of this conflict," according to local reports.

Topics under discussion include the European naval mission that enforces an arms embargo, foreign intervention, migration, mine and booby traps clearing and a blockade of oil exports by the LNA.​

This is the third time the Italian Foreign Minister visits the region in just over six months.

Libya has been torn by conflict since the ousting of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. More recently the country has been split into areas controlled by the GNA in Tripoli and the northwest, and territories held by the eastern-based LNA in Benghazi, led by Haftar.

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Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio paid an official visit to Tripoli on Wednesday to meet with members of Libya's internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), including Fayez Al-Sarraj.

GNA leader Fayez al-Serraj could be seen welcoming Di Magio before holding talks. Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha and Foreign Minister Tahir Siyala were also present at the meeting.

The meeting was arranged after several areas, including the Greater Tripoli Region and the "last major stronghold" of the LNA in Tarhuna, were wrestled back from the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Haftar. Haftar's troops left the region after a 14-month-long offensive, on June 5.

On Tuesday, the Italian Foreign Minister said Italy's goals in Libya include, "to guarantee geostrategic interests, to ensure the unity of Libya and to bring about the end of this conflict," according to local reports.

Topics under discussion include the European naval mission that enforces an arms embargo, foreign intervention, migration, mine and booby traps clearing and a blockade of oil exports by the LNA.​

This is the third time the Italian Foreign Minister visits the region in just over six months.

Libya has been torn by conflict since the ousting of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. More recently the country has been split into areas controlled by the GNA in Tripoli and the northwest, and territories held by the eastern-based LNA in Benghazi, led by Haftar.

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