Exclusive interview with minister of the Libyan provisional government: "The Italian government (not Italy!) Supported Al Sarraj"

(To Andrea Cucco)

To err is human but persevere diabolical. The aphorism perfectly sums up the short-sighted strategy implemented by the last governments in the management of the interminable Libyan crisis.

Eight years after the "deposition" of the raìs, yet another betrayed ally (not only passively ...), Libya is experiencing suffering that we censor and unjust. The failure is of many, but certainly the fault of some jackal countries that have been trying for some time to dismember parts of a carcass that they would like to keep "headless".

And what does it do when Libya reacts and tries to regain a unitary control? Are we talking about the coup ?!
Peace initiatives with "political" solutions have in fact handed out rivers of money to criminals and gang leaders sometimes described as five-star revolutionaries. Nothing further from reality!

Last month a loyal militia leader would have tried to make our dear Al Sarraj skin with the cry of "son of ... agent of Qatar". Prime Minister Conte met with Qatar's foreign minister and Al Sarraj's deputy yesterday ...

For years this newspaper has been trying to indicate the most logical way to end the violence in Libya through analyzes and testimonies directly from the country. The government of change changed the form but not the substance of the failed policy of previous governments by organizing "family photos" (v.link) in which the selfies and handshakes to be reread prevail over the results and the actual pacification?

While we throw ourselves against General Haftar, depicting him as an enemy of peace, we believe it possible that the government he represents (chosen by Libyans, not by foreigners ...) is fed up with the endless staging.

Full of press releases (but also tweets and posts ...) Al Sarraj de noantri, to get a different point of view, we interviewed Abdulhadi Lahweej, the foreign minister of the Tobruk government: the insignificant executive who - ops! - controls only the 80% of Libya.

Why did the General intervene militarily after a truce that seemed to hold up?

He did it because requested by the whole Libyan population, that of Tripoli included! He was invited to intervene to put an end to the chaos in which armed violence, murder, rape, crime, human trafficking and drugs are mixed with the presence of internationally wanted terrorists.

This battle is necessary for Libya to return to being a country capable of defending its borders, protecting the dignity of its citizens and returning to being an active member of the international community.

What will happen in the coming weeks?

Libya will return to its Maghreb, Mediterranean and African space and will no longer be a source of instability and insecurity, a democratic state under which the Libyans will confront each other through democracy and not with a box of ammunition.

Why did Italy support Sarraj and not his government?

Who supported Al Sarraj ("El-Serraj") was not Italy but the Italian government for narrow interests.

The Libyan interim government controls more than 80% of the country's territory and offers its services to 70 kilometers from Tripoli.

We try to make Italy understand that a new and active alliance is needed between our countries.

Yours is and always will be an important economic, cultural and political ally.

Is the instability in Libya due to European errors? What in particular?

One of the causes of Libya's instability is the failure to dismantle the armed militias as part of a solution. They arrogantly took control of the political scene and were ennobled to represent Libya internationally by the unconstitutional government of national accord of Al Sarraj ("El-Wifak"). They brought chaos and violence. Estimates show that these militias have 21 million weapons at their disposal. Their lifeblood is continued funding from the Al Sarraj government.

We trust that Italy can finally understand the real causes of the crisis, to return to having a cooperation based on mutual interests and respect.

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