ROME (Sputnik) — There are currently two rival governments in Libya: the internationally-recognized Council of Deputies (House of Representatives) based in Tobruk and the Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC).
"We endorse the fact that Italy might assume the role of international intervention leader in the war against the growing IS forces in Libya," Abuzaakouk told the Italian Corriere della Sera newspaper.
The foreign minister underscored that it was necessary for Italy to carefully coordinate with the Tripoli government and military forces, to avoid any potential operation changing from a legitimate fight against terrorism into an open violation of Tripoli sovereignty.
The operation ended with a decisive NATO victory, which led to the escalation of the conflict in the country and the subsequent killing of the country's long-standing leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Earlier, in December 2015, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said that the issue of an international military operation in Libya was not on the agenda.
According to the newspaper, on February 10, the Italian Council of Ministers allegedly decided to send 50 soldiers to Libya.