Italy wants US to do more to foster stability in Libya

Italy will push for greater US involvement in fostering stability in Libya when President Donald Trump and other world leaders meet in May, Italy’s deputy foreign minister said on Monday. Italy hosts the annual meeting of seven of the world’s biggest industrialized economies (G7) in the town of Taormina in Sicily on May 26-27. It will be Trump’s first scheduled trip to Europe. Deputy Foreign Minister Mario Giro said one of Italy’s foreign policy priorities was to build international support to unify Libya. “We hope – and at the G7 we will say it – that this issue interests also the US,” Giro said. Libya split into a patchwork of rival fiefdoms after a NATO-backed uprising led to the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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