Italian Defense Minister: Libya's stability is strategic priority for Italy

Italian Defense Minister: Libya's stability is strategic priority for Italy

October 30, 2019 - 20:36
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Italian Defense Minister said Wednesday that Italy's strategic priority is the stability in Libya.

The Defense Minister said at the Italian Parliament that his country is committed to supporting Libyan institutions and civil societies, Italian news agency Aki reported.

Meanwhile, the Italian Interior Minister said establishing stability in Libya is very significant for fighting illegal immigration across the Mediterranean.

She added that it's important to provide the immigrants' source countries with the necessary resources to end this phenomenon as many take up the risky sea trip hoping for better lives.

The Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said Wednesday his government would work with Libya to improve the items of the Memorandum of Understanding about illegal immigration.

In the meantime, the Secretary General of the Italian Democratic Party said Wednesday as well that there should be a radical change in the MoU between Libya and Italy.

Italy's former government signed a MoU with Libya to control sea borders and fight illegal immigration as well as smuggling. This MoU is going to be automatically renewed next November if neither Libya nor Italy amended or canceled it.