Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement on the formation of a government of national unity in Libya at a press conference with the Tunisian Foreign Minister at the Federal Foreign Office on 19 January:
I welcome the fact that, after prolonged efforts, a cabinet list was agreed on this morning for the new government of national unity in Libya. This is a further step on a long road.
Now we must hope – and we are working with all the tools at our disposal to achieve this – that this cabinet list will also be approved by the parliament. Then the conditions would be in place to allow a government of national unity, actually on Libyan soil, to take the reins of power.