Italy's new Interior Minister Matteo Salvini to visit Libya by end of the month, his first foreign trip

Alwasat - Cairo Wed 13 Jun 2018, 12:17 PM
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Italy's newly elected Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini announced Tuesday his intention to visit Libya at the end of this month, Italian news agency Aki reported.

"We are no longer alone. There is a responsibility we have to share," he said. I am happy that after years of silence the government has begun to impose itself in the corridors of the European Union," in reference to the closure of its ports to the rescue ship (Aquarius), and new measures to address irregular migration flows from North Africa.

Salvini visit to Libya will be his first foreign mission, calling it an "urgent issue"

Adding, "I intend to go to Libya at the end of this month" this situation must be resolved directly on the African continent."

"In Libya, there are oil traders, human smugglers and weapons, which are generating money that goes to finance Islamic terrorism, so I do not want Italy to be complicit," he said.

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