Italy and France have both welcomed the resumption of the Libyan Joint Military Committee (JMC) (5 + 5) talks, which kicked off on Monday, in Geneva, with the participation of the Acting Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Stephanie Williams.

For its part, the Italian government considered the step "a unique and inclusive opportunity to define a new institutional framework and a lasting ceasefire," according to a tweet by the Italian embassy in Libya.

Meanwhile, France has also expressed satisfaction with the resumption of direct talks within the JMC, calling for the signing of a permanent ceasefire agreement that provides for an end to violations of the arms embargo and the evacuation of foreign mercenaries from Libya, according to a statement by the French Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.