Meloni on a mission to Libya on Saturday, towards the signing of the Eni-Noc agreement

With the premier, the deputy and foreign minister Antonio Tajani and the interior minister Matteo Piantedosi

Is expected for Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s mission to Libya on Saturday 28 January, together with the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani and the Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi. A visit that comes at the end of a series of missions in the area of ​​the Prime Minister and the two ministers, in the context of that ‘Pact for the Mediterranean’ with which to involve the countries most directly interested in the stabilization of Libya, essential to stem migratory flows but also to ensure greater gas supplies to Italy and Europe, as an alternative to those from Russia.

It is no coincidence that Saturday in Tripoli an agreement worth eight billion dollars could be signed between ENI and the Libyan company Noc. Another piece of the Italian diversification strategy, after the agreements signed on Monday by Meloni in Algiers and Tajani’s mission to Cairo, which today announced the arrival in 2023 of three billion cubic meters of gas from Egypt. The Foreign Minister himself, today during a question time in the Chamber, reiterated that “the stabilization of Libya is crucial, it is at the center of our talks with all the actors who exercise influence over that country”.

“We must make every effort to allow the elections to be held by 2023 in line with the mediation of the United Nations which Italy strongly supports”, said the foreign minister, who in recent weeks has also been in Ankara, main sponsor of the national unity government of Abdul Hamid Dbeibah.

Libya continues to have two executives, the one in Tripoli, recognized by the international community, and the one led by Fathi Bashagha, premier appointed by the House of Representatives in Tobruk, close to General Khalifa Haftar. And Bashagha spoke about Meloni’s upcoming visit with a statement, in which he said he was “surprised” at the mission to Tripoli and the meetings with “a government whose mandate has expired” and which therefore would no longer have any legitimacy.

The Eastern representative spoke of a “mysterious” agreement in the oil sector between ENI and the NOC, warning that “the Libyan state will not abide by any agreement with a suspicious purpose and outcome”, threatening that it “will appeal to the judiciary”. In recent days, the president of the NOC Farhat Bengdara had spoken to the Libyan media of an agreement in preparation with ENI which aims to produce 24 million cubic meters of natural gas a day from two offshore fields.

Yesterday the Libyan Foreign Minister Najla al Mangoush had received the Italian ambassador in Tripoli, Giuseppe Buccino, with whom she had discussed the preparations for Meloni’s visit together with the two ministers.