Haftar discusses security and illegal immigration issues in Italy

Khalifa Haftar met in Rome on Thursday with the Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, according to Italian news agency Aki, which added that the meeting wasn’t announced by the government. 

Haftar later met with the Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto and discussed security in the Mediterranean and the issue of illegal immigration.

Aki said Haftar arrived on Wednesday in Rome and held meetings with Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani, adding that discussions probably centered on the need for consensus and holding elections in Libya by the end of 2023. 

The news agency reiterated that the discussions would definitely include illegal immigration, especially that Italy had been lately facing a high influx through Libyan eastern coast. It said they would also include Sudan’s war and its impact on immigrants’ flow through Libya.


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