The Italian National Federation of Fishing Enterprises (Federpesca) said it had signed a five-year agreement with the Libyan Military Investment Authority - owned by warlord Khalifa Haftar – to allow Italian fishing vessels to fish in the eastern waters of Libya.
The agreement was signed last March and put into operation on July 15, Federpesca revealed on its website.
“The first Italian fishing vessels from Mazara del Vallo town started sailing to the eastern waters of Libya for finishing on September 08,” it added.
According to the agreement, warlord Khalifa Haftar’s armed groups will provide protection for the Italian fishing boats.
Federpesca has not disclosed the cost of the agreement, but some Italian media outlets said Federpesca will pay $10,000 euros a month for the protection of the fishermen of Mazara del Vallo.