Sources in the Italian Interior Ministry said that Rome will hand over 10 patrol boats to the Libyan Coast Guard by the end of this summer season.
The sources said that the Italian authorities are also seeking to raise the level of cooperation with Tunisia in the process of repatriating its citizens, illegal immigrants and reducing the volume of flows from its coasts.
A meeting of Italy's National Security Committee on Tuesday resulted in tight controls in the country to curb migratory flows from North Africa, using "radar, aircraft and deploying naval and coastguard vessels to ports."
Italian opposition politician Enrico Rossi criticized Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's policies on immigration saying "Salavini wanted to send ships and drones to Sicily to stop immigration and defend the maritime border, but these ships will rescue the migrants and take them to the nearest port, as the police patrol boat did last night, as well as those of Sea Watch, Alex and other non-governmental organizations," he said. Adding: "These are the laws of the sea, otherwise international treaties will be violated."