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Italy defence minister: ‘Our presence on Libyan ground is important and necessary’

A view of damaged vehicle after Haftar forces hit a hospital in Tripoli, Libya on 5 April 2020 [Amru Salahuddien/Anadolu Agency]
A view of damaged vehicle after Haftar forces attacked Tripoli, Libya on 5 April 2020 [Amru Salahuddien/Anadolu Agency]

Italy’s Defence Minister Lorenzo Guerini stressed on the importance and necessity of Italy maintaining a presence in Libya.

During a meeting of the Foreign and Defence Committees in the Senate and the House of Representatives dedicated to Italy’s participation in international missions, Guerini stated that the Libyan situation is well-known, pointing out that: “Tension between the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) continues with the intervention of external parties to support the conflicting parties.”

The Italian minister of defence further stated that his country is continuously making efforts with all concerned parties (Libyan institutions, Turkey, Egypt and the UAE), in an attempt, according to him, to: “Avoid the continuation of the military conflict fuelled by external interventions.”

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