CAIRO, MAY 15 – Libya and Italy are “firmly on the same side in the fight against migrant trafficking”, the Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj told Interior Minister Marco Minniti, according to a tweet of the Italian Embassy in Tripoli.
Minuti visited the Libyan capital on Monday to deliver four patrol boats to the Libyan Coast Guard, following repairs in Italy. Among the issues of his talks, the strengthening of the Libyan role in patroling the country’s coastline was on top of the agenda. Minniti highlighted Italy’s effort to improve reception centres in Libya through the work of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR. He then met with officials of the Libyan Coast Guard: “We will not leave you alone. Libya, Italy and the EU, they all stand firmly behind you”.
In a post on Facebook, the Libyan Presidential Council said the meeting focused in particular on bilateral security cooperation and development through technical training for Libyan groups specialized in border control and in the fight against illegal migration. (@OnuItalia)