19:56 GMT27 July 2021
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    Rome is ready to assist Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) with humanitarian and medical aid, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni confirmed on Tuesday.

    ROME (Sputnik) — Libya has been in a state of turmoil since 2011, when a civil war began in the country and long-standing leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown. In December, Libya’s rival governments — the internationally-recognized Council of Deputies based in Tobruk and the Tripoli-based General National Congress — agreed to create a Government of National Accord and end the political impasse. The GNA started to perform its duties on March 31.

    "Minister Gentiloni confirmed that Italy remained ready to provide assistance to the Government of National Accord, of which they can ask, in particular, humanitarian and medical [aid]," the minister said in s statement, issued after a telephone conversation between Gentiloni and GNA Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj.

    According to the statement, Italy's foreign minister also thanked Sarraj for the work which was being done by the Government of National Accord to restore the stability in the country.

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