Libyan PM discusses support for Libyan Coast Guard with Italian Interior Minister

The Head of the Presidential Council of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Serraj, met Monday with the Italian Interior Minister, Marco Minniti, in Tripoli.

The two officials discussed the mutual relations and security cooperation between Libya and Italy as well as the development of Libyan security personnel’ work and equipment, especially for those who are tasked with securing the borders agsisnt illegal immigration.

The Italian Interior Minister and Al-Serraj both talked about the need to cooperate in raising the qualifications of the Libyan coastguards and in giving Libya the state-of-the-art equipment to secure the maritime borders.

Libya and Italy have been cooperating on the issues of fighting illegal immigrants’ flows into Italy via the Libyan shores for a long time since after 2011.

Italy is currently involved with the EU operations off Libyan coasts in training Libyan coastguards and rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean.

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