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Tripoli 'appreciates' Italy's input in Libya - GNA

16 dicembre 2019 | 16.13
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Libya's international recognised government "appreciates" Italy's support and its training and equipping of the country's coastguard, a spokesman for premier Fayez al-Sarraj stated to Adnkronos on Monday.

The United Nations backed Government of National Accord "appreciates what Italy is doing in terms of political support and help to the Coast Guard," said the statement from Sarraj's media advisor Hassan al-Houni.

The statement came on the eve of a visit to Libya on Tuesday that Italy's foreign minister Luigi Di Maio is understood to be making.

"We will discuss with him (Di Maio) all issues concerning bilateral cooperation - from security to the economy and coordination of the fight against illegal immigration and human trafficking," said the statement.

"We only expect positive things (from Di Maio's visit)," the statement underlined.

During his visit Di Maio is said to be holding talks with Sarraj, foreign minister Taher Mohammed Syala and deputy premier Ahmed Maitig, foreign ministry sources told Adnkronos at the weekend.

Di Maio's visit comes a little over two weeks after Sarraj signed a controversial accord with Turkey on security and maritime jurisdictions which the European Union has slammed as "a violation of the sovereignty of third countries".

Ahmed al-Mismari, spokesman for Sarraj's military and political foe, eastern warlord Khalifa Haftar, said last week that the accord with Turkey damaged Italy's national interests in its former colony.

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