Tripoli asks Italy to help fight traffickers in Libyan waters
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.