According to our sources, the upcoming visit of Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh to Italy is aimed at pleasing the Italian government and gaining its support in order to prevent the replacement of his government with another one. The Italian government has set three conditions for Dbeibeh to be officially received in Italy, as our sources have confirmed.
The first condition, which has already been fulfilled, is for Dbeibeh to cede part of Libya’s share in the Italian company Eni projects in Libya to Italy. On January 28th, the Chairman of the National Oil Corporation, Farhat Omar Bengdara, signed an agreement with Eni for oil and gas exploration, which increased Eni’s stake to 38 percent, up from 30 percent, under Dbeibah’s direction, as our sources have confirmed.
The second condition is to combat illegal immigration, which is why Dbeibeh rushed to shell areas in Zawiya and Zuwara and launched the recent operation there using drones, as our sources have confirmed. The shelling of Zawiya was carried out by Dbeibeh without prior warning, before he later notified his chief of staff Mohamed Al-Haddad and commander Salahdin Al-Nimrush, and inaugurated an operations room to monitor it.
The third condition is to compensate Italians for the properties that were recovered from them in 1970. During his visit, Dbeibeh will meet with Francesca Brin Ricotti, the president of the Association of Italian Returnees from Libya (AIRL), to discuss the return of recovered Italian properties or financial compensation for them, in order to win the favor of the ruling fascist party, as our sources have confirmed.
These properties were seized by Italy during its occupation of Libya and distributed to its citizens who settled in the country. They were recovered in 1970 after their expulsion. The compensation will include the properties of Libyan Jews residing in Italy that were recovered by the Libyan state.
The issue of recovered Italian properties was raised by the Italian Prime Minister during her visit to Libya in January, as our sources have confirmed.