Italy applauds Libya’s stand on migrant rescue zone
Rome, Italy - The Italian government on Sunday welcomed Libya’s decision to bar foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast, as both countries struggle with a migrant crisis that has engulfed Europe in recent years.
The comments from Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano came as a second non-governmental organisation announced it was suspending operations in the area in response to the Libyan move.
The Libyan government ‘is ready to put in place a search and rescue zone in its waters, work with Europe and invest in its coastguards’, Alfano told La Stampa daily on Sunday. “This sends a signal that the balance is being restored in the Mediterranean.”
Libya’s navy last week ordered foreign vessels to stay out of a coastal ‘search and rescue zone’ for migrants.