ROME, JANUARY 17 – Italian lawmakers authorized on Wednesday a military mission in Niger to combat human trafficking and terrorism. The vote in the Chamber of Deputies green lighting international missions is probably the last before a March 4 national political election. Last month, Italy’s premier Paolo Gentiloni said some of the country’s troops now in Iraq will be transferred to the African nation, a major route for migrant traffickers international missions.
“From Afghanistan to Iraq, from Lebanon to Kosovo, from Libya to Niger, Italian armed forces and cooperation work for peace, development and stability, against terrorism and human trafficking”, premier Gentiloni said today on Twitter.
The chamber approved a majority resolution on the continuation of international missions in 2018 with the favorable vote of the centre-right opposition Forza Italia (FI) party. The anti-migrant, anti-euro League abstained.
“We are going to the Sahel region to avoid another Libia”, the Deputy Minister of Foreign affairs Mario giuro explained to the leftist Italian daily Il Manifesto. “It’s in our national interest to help the Sahel countries to avoid instability”. (@OnuItalia)