Salvini: Lifting the arms embargo on Libya will help solve its issues

Alwasat - Cairo Fri 06 Jul 2018, 08:17 PM
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Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said lifting the arm embargo on Libya would be a common sense option and would help solve the country's problems, Italian news agency Aki reported.

"After meeting with me during my visit to Tripoli last week, I was pleased to meet with the vice president in Rome," Salvini wrote on Facebook, along with a picture at the Ministry of the Interior, with Libya Presidential Council VP Ahmed Maiteeg.

"The lifting of the embargo imposed on Libya will help solve the problems of this country," which will ultimately "reflect on Italy and Europe," he said, "by increasing the effectiveness by which we can combat human trafficking in the Mediterranean region," concluding that this "seems to me a purely common sense."

Salvini said yesterday that if the EU fails to provide Libya with the necessary support to help it cope with security chaos and smuggler activities, "Libya will have to help itself," pointing out that his country "will go beyond the embargo on arming the security services and guarding the Libyan coast."

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