The Italian Ambassador to Tripoli, Giuseppe Buccino Grimaldi (pictured), has appointed a 'consular correspondent' in Misrata [Misurata], reports Libya Herald.
Hafed Makhlouf, a Libyan national and a former student at the Navy Academy at Livorno in Italy, is tasked with assisting the growing number of Italian nationals working in Misrata, and with facilitating investment opportunities for Italian businesses in the city.
The Italian Embassy commented:
“The appointment of Mr Makhlouf confirms the strong and solid cooperation with the city of Misrata in a wide range of sectors ... Mr Makhlouf will be empowered with consular tasks in the coming weeks and will be a [valuable] and solid point of reference for Italian and Libyan stakeholders in the city of Misrata.”
The move is seen as a likely precursor to the opening of a full-time consulate in the city.
(Source: Libya Herald)