The Commander of Operation Irini, Rear Admiral Fabio Agostini, visited the United States on Tuesday to discuss the "development of tactical cooperation" in the region between European and U.S. forces.
"Irini is important to Libya, and has achieved important results by acting in a balanced, impartial and effective manner in implementing the UN arms embargo," Agostini said, according to Italian magazine Formiche.
During his visit to Washington and New York, Agostini met with a number of U.S. administration officials, as well as the EU ambassador to the U.S., Stavros Lambrinidis, who led the launch of a Europe-U.S. dialogue following Joe Biden's presidency.
Agostini was also keen to meet with the Libyan Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Taher El-Sonni, where he revealed his intention to visit Tripoli soon, and spoke with him about the role played by Italy as one of the strongest supporters of the European mission.
Last March, Operation Irini was extended for two years until 2023, with the primary purpose of verifying compliance with the UN arms embargo on Libya.
Secondary tasks of the operation include monitoring and collecting information on illegal oil trafficking, contributing to the dismantling of human trafficking networks and supporting the training of the Libyan coast guard and Navy.