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“Stability in Libya means stability in Europe. The European Union must speak with one voice and all our efforts must be aimed at supporting the reconstruction of a state so that it becomes a strong partner. The European Parliament stands by the Libyan people, who deserve peace, stability, democracy and prosperity,” said European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, at the beginning of his official visit to Tripoli, where he will be received by the Libyan Prime Minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, and by the President of the High Council of State, Khaled al-Mishri.
The visit schedule also includes a meeting with the Head of the High National Elections Commission, Emad al-Sayeh, with whom President Tajani will discuss the concrete support that Parliament can offer, including through the organisation of a conference open to all stakeholders interested in contributing to holding democratic elections in Libya.
“I am in Libya today to discuss the role that the European Parliament can play in the country’s stabilisation process and to support the organisation and holding of democratic elections in the future. The European Parliament is ready to make its contribution by offering assistance for a democratic transition and parliamentary cooperation,” said Tajani.
Migration flows and the situation of migrants will be discussed with the UN’s Deputy Special Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Maria do Valle Ribeiro, and with staff from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) working in the country.
The President will also visit the Tripoli naval base, during which he will be able to observe coastal surveillance and intervention at sea, also made possible by training programmes financed by the European Union.
Audiovisual coverage of President Tajani’s visit to Libya, available here.
Upon his return to Italy on 9 July, President Tajani will hold a press conference at 18:45 at theAssociazione Stampa Estera (Foreign Press Association) located on Via dell’Umiltà 83/C in Rome.
Note for editors:
The situation in Libya is extremely fragile and the country faces numerous challenges to achieve political stability, economic development and internal security.
It is essential for the European Union to ensure the political stability of the country, as a fundamental prerequisite for improving the economic and social situation. Through diplomatic action and concrete support, the EU is assisting Libya’s political transition to a stable and functioning order, while supporting the UN’s mediation efforts.
The country is a transit and departure point for migrants trying to reach Europe, in particular from Sub-Saharan Africa. This crisis has a huge impact on the civilian population of Libya and also affects the entire surrounding region and the EU.
The European Parliament is ready to support national dialogue between Libyans. President Tajani’s visit follows on from a delegation of European parliamentarians who assessed the situation in the country in May 2018. The conclusions of this previous mission were included in the latest recommendation of the European Parliament (30 May 2018) to the Council, the Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Federica Mogherini.