ROME, MAY 5 – “Italy strongly supports the intention of UNHCR to increase its presence and its initiatives in Libya,” the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Angelino Alfano, assured High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, in a phone call on Friday. Alfano and Grandi spoke of the situation in Libya and the UNHCR Plan for the country.
After receiving an update on UNHCR’s actions in Libya and its future commitment, Minister Alfano announced that the Italian Governments ready to finance the part of the Plan aimed to improve humanitarian assistance in Libya for a total of about 10 million euros.
Alfano said that “the High Commissioner is a strategic partner of the Italian Cooperation” and added that, as part of the ‘Donors Club’, in 2017 Italy confirms its total financial commitment to UNHCR with at least € 20 millions. “Support for international organizations aims to better manage the migration phenomenon in Libya and also to ensure, thanks to their action, that the human rights of migrants and
refugees are respected.”
Alfano took the opportunity to renew to Grandi the invitation to attend the Ministerial Conference ‘A shared responsibility for a common goal: solidarity and security’, scheduled Farnesina on 6 July at the Ministry headquarters in Rome. (@OnuItalia)