Middle East

Italy foreign minister visits Libya amid migrant controversy

Libya's unity government Foreign Minister Taha Siala, left) welcomes Italy's Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, right, in Libyan capital Tripoli on Saturday (AFP)

The foreign minister of Italy, which has been helping Libya to combat illegal immigration to Europe, made a brief visit to Tripoli on Saturday.

Angelino Alfano met officials of Libya's UN-backed unity government and paid a call at Tripoli port to an Italian naval vessel whose crew has been assisting the Libyan coastguard.

Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said earlier this month his country could "hold its head high" over its treatment of migrants, after rights group Amnesty International accused Rome and other EU governments of being "knowingly complicit" in abuses of migrants in Libya.

Libya has long been a transit hub for migrants seeking a better life in Europe, but people smugglers have stepped up their lucrative business in the chaos that has engulfed the country since its 2011 revolution.

Migrants tell of brutality in Libya https://t.co/YSKuLiwYG5pic.twitter.com/7n4R4wIqEy

— News Rotator (@NewsRotator) December 23, 2017

"Finally, the spotlights have been turned to the human rights situation in Libya. This is to our credit," Gentiloni said.

On Friday, the United Nations began bringing African refugees to Italy from Libya, evacuating them from detention centres where conditions have been condemned by relief groups as inhumane.

It was the first time the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Libya had evacuated refugees directly to Europe. An Italian C-130 military plane landed at an airport south of the capital carrying 110 women and children, and a second flight was expected to bring more than 50 people later in the day.

The UNHCR classifies the arrivals as "vulnerable" refugees, which means they are children, victims of abuse, women, the elderly or have disabilities.

Amnesty has warned of legal action against Rome and other EU governments over the bloc's policy of helping the Tripoli government stop migrants from travelling to Europe.

Original Article

[contf] [contfnew]

middle east eye

[contfnewc] [contfnewc]

The post Italy foreign minister visits Libya amid migrant controversy appeared first on News Wire Now.

Related Articles

Middle East

Israel PM ‘flew to Saudi Arabia for secret talks with crown prince’

bbc– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly flew to Saudi Arabia on...

Middle East

Lebanon’s unfinished revolution: One year after protests, change has yet to come

Issued on: 21/10/2020 – 12:18Modified: 21/10/2020 – 14:28 It's been one year...

Middle East

Israel lauds UAE delegation visit as ‘making history’, Palestinians deem it ‘shameful’

Issued on: 20/10/2020 – 14:27 In an historic first visit by a...

Middle East

Iran rules out weapons ‘buying spree’ as UN embargo is set to expire

Issued on: 18/10/2020 – 07:42 Iran said it was self-reliant in its...