On 16 October, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte declared that his country was ready to facilitate the Libyan reconciliation process at the “Sicily” International conference in November. In his address to the Italian Senate Conte stated “Italy does not have the solution to all the problems in Libya, but is ready to stimulate the process of stabilization for the benefit of the Libyan people.”

On 18 October, at the EU Summit in Brussels the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, was skeptical of Europe’s involvement in Libya, urging EU member states to take a unified strategic stance on Libya at the “Sicily” conference. Tajani added that it was not helpful for different European countries intervening in Libya to have separate visions – a nod to the competing approaches being undertaken by France and Italy in resolving the Libya Crisis.