Former Italian Interior Minister: Haftar's attack on Tripoli will have long term consequences

Former Italian Interior Minister: Haftar's attack on Tripoli will have long term consequences

April 20, 2019 - 20:19
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The former Italian Interior Minister Marco Minitti said Khalifa Haftar's attack on Tripoli will have long term consequences, not only in Libya but also in Italy.

Minitti told an Italian newspaper Friday that the consequences include the influx of illegal immigrants, which are real and cannot be resolved by shutting ports but should be solved in Libya.

"If the war persists, all those fleeing the clashes will turn into refugees as per the international conventions, thus bringing among them foreign fighters from Syria and Iraq who usually use chaos to transport from one place to another." He remarked.

He also said the Italian energy sector is being threatened strongly, knowing that Eni has always been tough in very dire circumstances, adding that Italy could soon pay a high price as there is persisting force in Libya and whoever wins the war should be ready to face a continuing civil war in Libya.

Minitti said Libya is the scene for international tensions at the moment as when Haftar's forces started the attack, US forces left Tripoli, adding that Haftar then went to Moscow.

"There's also a big gap amid the players in the Libyan status quo with Turkey and Qatar on one hand, and UAE, Egypt and Saudi Arabia on the other." He explained.

He referred to Italy as choosing a political isolation by using illegal immigration as conflict point with the rest of Europe.