Italy urges quick naming of new UN envoy

Italy urges quick naming of new UN envoy

Italy's foreign minister Luigi Di Maio on Monday called on the United Nations to urgently appoint a new envoy to Libya as further military escalation in the war-ravaged country looms.

"Italy strongly urges that a new UN special representative to Libya be appointed as soon as possible," Di Maio said at a press conference in Rome with his German counterpart Heiko Maas.

Ghassan Salame of Lebanon quit as UN envoy on March 2 after almost three years in the post, tweeting that his health could no longer stand the "level of stress".

"I tried to re-unite Libyans and restrain foreign interference ... but for health reasons I can no longer continue with this level of stress," Salame wrote.

US diplomat Stephanie Turco Williams, who was Salame's deputy, is currently acting UN special envoy to Libya.