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Italy’s Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni holds a press conference in Rome on December 11, 2016. AFP photo

Cairo- Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has stressed that his country is working for stability in Libya despite acknowledging the difficulty to achieve such an objective.

At a speech on Wednesday at the 50th anniversary celebration of the exodus of the Jews of Libya at the Great Synagogue of Rome, Gentiloni said: “The return of stability to a country like Libya is not easy.”

Libya “has suffered years of oppression and is now divided in confronting a difficult situation,” he said.

The country enjoys huge resources and not just oil, the Italian prime minister added.

Meanwhile, the transitional government that is loyal to the Libyan parliament has threatened to arrest the education minister in the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord if he carries out a visit to the eastern region.

The cabinet of Abdullah al-Thani, which considers itself the only legitimate government in the country, said that the undersecretary of the interior ministry Brig. Gen. Hussein al-Abbar has instructed officers at all crossings in the eastern region to prevent the entry of the education minister of Fayez al-Sarraj’s government.

Thani’s government also considered Sarraj’s cabinet unconstitutional.

The Libyan News Agency said that the instructions were made after the education minister announced plans to visit Libya’s eastern region.

The warning came as the Egyptian committee tasked with resolving the Libyan crisis said in a statement that all Libyan sides were responsible for preserving civil peace and stopping a deterioration in the security and humanitarian situation in the country

The committee, which is headed by Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Hegazy, added that all sides should abide by legitimacy pending a consensual solution.