Saied-Di Maio talk: Libyan file on focus

President Kais Saied received on Monday Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio, who is on an official visit to Tunisia.

The Head of State voiced satisfaction on this occasion, at the "excellent" level reached by bilateral cooperation in various fields, reaffirming Tunisia's commitment to develop this partnership.

Saied commended Italy’s support to Tunisia in its democratic transition process, a Presidency of the Republic press release reads.

"Italy supports Tunisia's efforts in fight against terrorism, organised crime and irregular migration," he said.

In another connection, Kais Saied welcomed the invitation extended to him by Italian President Sergio Mattarella to visit Rome, assuring that he will pay the visit as soon as possible.

Speaking about the Libyan file, the Head of State reiterated Tunisia's position in favour of a peaceful and rapid settlement of the Libyan crisis, through the engagement of an inter-Libyan dialogue under the auspices of the United Nations.

"Tunisia welcomes the announcement of a ceasefire in Libya," he pointed out, assuring that the country will continue to play a positive role in bringing the different Libyan protagonists closer together.

The continuation of the Libyan crisis will have a negative fall-out not only on the entire region but also on the interests of friendly countries.

For his part, the Italian Minister pointed out Tunisia's central role in the resolution of the Libyan crisis, hailing the President of the Republic’s initiative to bring together representatives of the Libyan tribes and civil society in Tunisia.

“There will be no stability in Libya without the involvement of neighbouring countries including Tunisia," he considered, stressing the need to involve Tunisia in the Berlin conference on Libya.

Luigi Di Maio affirmed his country’s willingness to boost cooperation with Tunisia, announcing in this regard, the development of projects to step up investment and create jobs for young Tunisians.

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