Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey and Italy can build a lasting peace in Libya, as he spoke alongside his Italian counterpart Luigi di Maio in Ankara, on Friday.
Cavusoglu praised the Italian government for what he described as a very 'balanced' role and for its 'sincere efforts' for a ceasefire and the pursuit of a successful political process.
Di Maio said Libya should not become a security threat to Italy and other European Union countries. «We believe it is essential that the whole international community support strongly a sustainable ceasefire and not a mere freezing of the conflict,» he said. He also warned against the fragmentation of the country which, he stated, could result in new armed conflicts.
Referring to the situation on the ground, Di Maio called for an end to the influx of armaments and the presence of mercenaries on Libyan soil.