The spokesman for the Libyan Navy, Masoud Abdelsamad, denied that the coastguards stood idly by or did less than its best to rescue the Italy-bound immigrants who drowned off the Libyan coast this week.
Abdelsamad told reporters that the Libyan coastguards tried to take up the rescue mission of the immigrants despite bad weather conditions, saying they had sent a boat from Al-Khums city shores after receiving a distress call.
The Chairman of the European Union Military Committee, General Claudio Graziano, expressed concern over the Russian intervention in Libya, saying Moscow intervened in Libya to weaken international alliances.
Graziano told Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, that there is a need for reactivating alliances due to Russia's moves outside the international framework, saying the United States had given a significant signal in its desire to cooperate with the European Union in Libya.
Minister of Economy and Trade Muhammad Al-Hawij on Saturday discussed with the Oil and Gas Minister Muhammad Aoun means to install oil refineries in several regions.
A statement by the Ministry of Economy said the two sides emphasized the need to establish oil refineries in separate areas to produce fuels and convert natural gas into high-quality diesel in order to cover domestic demand.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Najla Al-Manqoush said that they have agreed with the Italian side on the date to reopen the airspace between the two countries, confirming that Alitalia will resume flights to Libya.
In a televised speech, minister Al-Manqoush revealed that Italy is to open a consulate in Benghazi and an honorary one in Sabha to facilitate visa procedures.