ROME, JUNE 27 – “Starting from next 29 June, the Libyan citizens in the Eastern part of the country will be able to book a date on which to apply for a visa to Italy through a help desk to be open in Tobruk. This is very important news,” the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, announced today in Rome.
Minister Alfano added: “This step, which I personally monitored and encouraged, is intended to represent a signal of support and closeness to the communities and populations of those areas and is aimed at promoting the diffused presence of Italy throughout the North African Country, adjusting to the different regional situations in Libya.”
Italy reopened its Embassy in Tripoli earlier this year, making it the first Western diplomatic mission to reopen in the divided country.
Italy closed its embassy in Libya in 2015 as rival factions descended into a conflict which has let people smugglers operate with impunity and Islamic State establish a firm foothold. (@OnuItalia)