Libya’s UN-backed government has not accepted proposals by Rome aimed at cutting migrant and refugee flows to Italy and the two sides are “far apart” on the issue, Malta’s foreign minister said today.
Italy’s new ambassador to Libya presented his credentials today to Presidency Council chairman Faiez Serraj and then went on to the reopening of his country’s imposing white embassy on Tripoli’s Corniche.
Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti announced on Monday the reopening of his country’s embassy in the Libyan capital, which closed in 2015 along with all other Western embassies due to violence.
Speculation abounds over a reported punch-up at Bu Sitta naval base when Presidency Council chairman Faiez Serraj was hosting UNSMIL chief Martin Kobler.
The Foreign Minister of the UN-proposed government, Mohammed Sayala, issued the ordinance No.38 for 2016 appointing 66 embassy employees distributed on four continents and divided into security attachés and security communication officials.
Finding a way to solve Libya’s divisions as well as terrorism and migration were at the top of the agenda in talks today in Malta between Presidency Council head Faiez Serraj and Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat.
The Foreign Ministry of the UN-proposed government accredited Saturday five new ambassadors to Libya at the Red Castle’s Ambassadors Parlor in Tripoli.
Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is set to make an official visit to Libya on Monday. Some reports suggest that the Greek government plans to reopen its embassy in Tripoli and rebuild diplomatic ties with Libya.
Faiez Serraj, the head of the Presidency Council, has appointed an acting minister and a deputy for the ministry of finance. He has also appointed deputy ministers for the foreign and local government ministries.
The situation in Libya is so chaotic that the “libyanisation” neologism is currently imposing itself. It has become a fatal combination of balkanisation – the division of a state into autonomous districts – and somalisation – the failing of a government in favour of militia groups.