Tripoli asks Italy to help fight traf­fick­ers in Libyan wa­ters

Muscat Daily - - REGION -

Rome, Italy - 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 on Wed­nes­day.

“[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.

The Ital­ian PM was speak­ing af­ter a meet­ing in Rome with Sar­raj, the head of the Gov­ern­ment of Na­tional Au­thor­ity (GNA), based in the cap­i­tal Tripoli.

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