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Italian-French consensus on prioritizing fighting IS in Libya


France and Italy have agreed on the importance of increasing efforts to stop Islamic State group (IS) from its continuous ground gaining in Libya.

The French President, Francois Hollande, and the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, expressed concern over Libya’s case as instability gives the IS the chance to expand in the Libyan lands, in a joint statement after a meeting in Paris.

“We must put in place (in Libya) now what we’ve waited a long time for, which is a government of national unity, and to secure the country to prevent Islamic State (IS) from settling there and advancing”, Hollande said.

“It will be fundamental for everyone to give absolute priority, to the Libya dossier, which risks becoming the next emergency”, Renzi added.

The group has gained different sites in Libya. Libya is also considered the launching pad for a large numbers of illegal migrants who cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, Italy is of the most affected country of the migration flows.

Libya has been mired in chaos as several groups vie for power which gave the chance for extremist groups to gain footholds.

The United Nations’ special envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, has met with the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, on Wednesday. Fabius appreciated the UN mediation efforts and called rivals to unite to form the Government of National Accord (GNA) as soon as possible to restore stability.

France welcomed the statement issued by the majority of members of the House of Representatives (HoR) in order to reach an agreement. Laurent pointed to a minority that work against the political process and the best interests of the country.