Tripoli asks Italy to help fight traf­fick­ers in Libyan wa­ters

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Libya’s UN-backed Prime Min­is­ter Fayez Al-Sar­raj has ap­pealed to Italy to send ships into Libyan ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters to help com­bat hu­man traf­fick­ing, Rome said yes­ter­day. Sar­raj “sent a let­ter re­quest­ing the Ital­ian govern­ment pro­vide the tech­ni­cal sup­port of Ital­ian naval units in the joint strug­gle in Libyan wa­ters against hu­man traf­fick­ers,” Ital­ian Prime Min­is­ter Paolo Gen­tiloni said. Gen­tiloni said the min­istry of de­fence was con­sid­er­ing the re­quest and “the op­tions will be dis­cussed with the Libyan au­thor­i­ties and the Ital­ian par­lia­ment”. Should Italy re­spond pos­i­tively, “as I be­lieve is nec­es­sary, it could be a very im­por­tant de­vel­op­ment in the fight against peo­ple traf­fick­ing,” he added.

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