Rome, 2 November:
The formation of the new Libyan government constitues a major step in the process of establishing a stable and democratic Libya, in the view of the Italian government.
“The inclusiveness-based approach that led to the composition of the cabinet by Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, and the convergence of different Libyan political forces, are encouraging signs for the tasks the new government will have to face”, an Italian foreign ministry statement said.
It added that Italy is confident that the new government “will take further action to complete the reform process in the sectors of economy, institution-building and security” and that this will match Libyans’ expectations.
Italians feel especially close to Libyans, the statement continued, and Italy also considers Libya “a key partner” in building stable democracy, security and socio-economic development in the wider Mediterranean area and an important player the strengthening of the Euro-Mediterranean dialogue.
Italy’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giulio Terzi, is to visit Tripoli on Tuesday, 6 November, for talks with the new government as well as to underline Italy’s support for the consolidation of Libyan institutions and society.
Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti sent congratulations to Prime Minister Zeidan immediately after the formation of his cabinet. [/restrict]