By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 2 December 2015:
Italy wants to host a meeting in Rome later this month to boost agreement on . . .[restrict]a Libyan government of national unity with an eye to clearing the decks to take on Sirte-based IS terrorists.
Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi has repeatedly indicated that his country would be prepared to take part in military action against IS provided it had a UN mandate. Last month, the Security Council resolution’s 2249 approved the use of “all possible measures” to fight “the global and unprecedented threat” of IS.
When he met French president Francois Hollande after the Paris attacks, Renzi said “ Libya is the next focus. We must give top priority to Libya, which is likely to be the next emergency.”
Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni told the Italian parliament today that the planned meeting would include governments from the regon as well as “significant players”. Italian news agency Ansa reported that he said that he believed that the meeting would give the Libya Political Accord “ a decisive push”.
“ We have to remove to obstacles that have impeded agreement … We don’t have much time” he warned. He also announced that there would be a specific anti-IS summit in Rome in two months’ time. [/restrict]