The Libyans’ responsibilities – and our own – for the future of their country

The Libyans’ responsibilities – and our own – for the future of their country

Today I am in Rome, for the meeting of the Libyan representatives with the UN special envoy Martin Kobler, with John Kerry, the Arab League, the African Union, and many ministers from Libya’s neighbouring countries and from the region. It has been an important meeting to verify and coordinate our support to the deal that the Libyan parties are about to sign, towards a government of national unity. If the deal will be signed in the coming days, as we were told today, it will be at the same time a turning point and a starting point.

We know that there are so many difficulties and risks on our way. They will not be easy to overcome. We also know that it will be first and foremost up to the Libyans to find solutions and paths to guarantee peace and unity in their country. But the international community can, wants and must support them in their decisions, be on their side. The future of Libya lies in the hands of the Libyans. It is their own responsibility. However, today we took an important step to embrace our own responsibility: the responsibility to help and to support.

The Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels tomorrow will follow up to today’s meeting. Together with all the ministers from the Union we will also talk about our Eastern partnership, about cooperation against terrorism, about Turkey and Iraq.

Last Friday, in Rome, I took part in a dinner event organised by the Italian Istituto per gli studi di politica internazionale (ISPI), during the first “Mediterranean Dialogue” conference. Here are the text and the video of my speech.