Italy demands UN arms ban on Libya be lifted

FILE PHOTO: Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini gestures during a news conference at the Viminale in Rome, Italy, June 25, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File Photo

Italy’s interior minister on Thursday called for the end of the international arms embargo on Libya, saying weapons and migrant traffickers disregard it anyway.

Matteo Salvini made the appeal at a news conference in Rome with a deputy prime minister of the U.N. -backed Libyan government in Tripoli, Ahmed Maiteeg.

The minister added that he’ll lobby fellow EU countries to adopt his position that Libya needs aid when he meets fellow interior ministers next week in Austria.

Salvini, who leads the anti-migrant League party, also said he wants to make migrant detention centers in Libya “more pleasant.”

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