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France and Italy unhappy with slow steps towards GNA


The French President, Francois Hollande, and the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, have expressed unpleasant of the slow steps towards the endorsement of the Government of National Accord (GNA)  in Libya, while the Italian Foreign Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, played down the possibility of military intervention in Libya, unless after the request of the GNA.

In a joint press conference after holding the 33rd French-Italian Venice summit, both leaders noted that in Libya there are a lot of aspirations but little pressures. Renzi explained that Libyans must know that the time limit ahead of them isn’t open-ended.

Hollande warned that chaos only comes in favor of terrorists, adding that all efforts must be done to form the GNA despite all setbacks.

He stressed that his country and other countries that have powers push the rivals in Libya to accelerate reaching the solutions.

Gentiloni pledged that Italy would only be involved in a military role in Libya only upon request by a legitimate government.

He said that the government would not “let itself get dragged into pointless adventures that threaten national security”.

The Italian Parliament has already given approval for military support in cases involving a terror threat to Italy’s security. But Gentiloni warned against “drum calls” for military intervention.