Italy signals intent to be first in line for Europe’s return to Libya

Mar 21, 2021 | International actors

On 21 March, the Italian Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio, met GNU Prime Minister, Abdul Hameed Dabaiba, in Tripoli. They discussed bilateral relations, migration, and establishing a joint committee to re-establish trade between their countries. In a statement following the visit, Di Maio claimed that, ‘Italy and Libya are united by important geostrategic interests’, adding that, ‘in addition to the issue of migration flows, I reiterated that it is essential for us to re-launch economic cooperation between our countries’.