Italy’s new ambassador in Tripoli Giuseppe Perrone presented his credentials to the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) in the Libyan capital, Tuesday, as Rome opened the doors of its embassy for the first time in two years.
The Italian authorities shut down its operations at its embassy in Tripoli in February 2015 due to rival fighting in the city and ongoing attacks on foreign ministries.
The GNA welcomed the move, described by the Italian government as a demonstration of “friendship and brotherhood”.
The Italian embassy in Tripoli is expected to take on the task of curbing the surge in migrant arrivals in Italy from Libyan shores.
SOT, Giuseppe Perrone, Italian ambassador to Tripoli (Arabic): "It is a great honour to be in Tripoli here today to present my credentials to your excellencies. I am here with the delegation of the Italian embassy in Tripoli. The return of the Italian ambassador to Tripoli is an undoubtedly great step; it affirms the relations between both countries, relations of friendship and brotherhood. It also confirms Italy’s efforts to support Libya in this difficult, sensitive stage that the country is going through."