Tunisia, Italian FMs discuss developments in Libya

CAIRO, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 3: Tunisian Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi attends the Arab foreign ministers' meeting at the Arab League headquarters on November 3, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. Arab Foreign Ministers discuss the latest efforts to hold a planned international peace conference on Syria dubbed "Geneva-2." during the meeting. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Tunisian Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Tunisian Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi and his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio held talks in Rome on developments in Libya, the Tunisian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

According to a statement from the ministry, the discussions focused on “coordination between the two countries on the Libyan file, especially in light of the positive developments in Libya.”

Di Maio described Tunisia as a “strategic partner for Italy” and reaffirmed his country’s commitment to supporting the country in all fields, the statement said.

Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh was sworn in by the Libyan parliament on March 15 to head Libya’s new unity government.

Libyans hope the government will end years of civil war that have engulfed the country since the ouster and killing of strongman Muammar al-Qaddafi in 2011.