Italy says reopening of Benghazi consulate imminent

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The reopening of the Italian consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi is “imminent”, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said after meeting his Libyan counterpart Najla el Mangoush in Rome Thursday.

The decision, he said, aimed to strengthen Italy’s institutional presence in the north African country and confirms Italy’s commitment to safeguard Libya’s territorial integrity.

Italy also intends to open an honorary consulate at Sebha in the Fezzan region, Di Maio added, recalling that the embassy in Tripoli stayed open throughout the war.

Photo: Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio. EPA-EFE/RFA


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