Italy: We started a conversation with Libyans about creating hotspots for immigrants

Alwasat - Cairo Tue 10 Jul 2018, 09:06 PM
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Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi said on Monday that his country had begun talking with Libya about the possibility raised at the recent European Council meeting on the creation of migrant hotpots in countries on the North African coast.

In a joint press conference with UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salamé, Melanesi referred to the talks held in recent days with Libyan authorities, particularly on the establishment of "hotspots" on the southern shores of the Mediterranean.

"The main objective, as well as the way the Italian government understands it, is to ensure basic rights, to secure conditions that are more than decent, to welcome these people (immigrants)," the Italian foreign minister said. Never forget that behind the general terminology of migration, we talk about people looking for a better future."

"It is important that the collection of these people, whether in Europe or abroad, has absolutely dignified conditions and guarantees fundamental rights," he concluded. "We have touched on this point, and we have begun a dialogue on how to proceed in the best possible way on this path."

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