Change in leaderships of Italian intelligence services due to developments in Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ROME – The Italian government is preparing to make large-scale changes to the structures of its internal and external security services, including the appointment of new officials, according to Italian newspaper L’Espresso.

The newspaper pointed out that the importance of Libya for Italy is due to its position in the field of energy where Italian company Eni gained tens of billions of euros annually from Libya, along with the management of migration flows and the future of the concentration of Italy in the Maghreb region.

In a reference to recent clashes in the Libyan capital, L’Espresso reported that the Italian government has realized Tripoli the situation has plummeted, especially since Fayez Al-Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA) is crumbling under the blows of his own political inconsistency and corruption.

The newspaper quoted an Italian intelligence source, who has been working for years in Libya, as saying: “It’s clear to everyone that Haftar [Head of Libyan National Army] is winning the fight with Sarraj. The UN has obtained a weak ceasefire last week dealing directly with the leaders of the gangs, but it is likely that – without military intervention from the outside – Tripoli may soon fall‘’.

The source stated that ‘’the problem now, for Italy, is that Haftar considers us enemies… Foreign Minister Moavero Milanesi did well to go to him and re-establish relations.’’

L’Espresso reported that due to on all these factors, Deputy Prime Minister, Luigi Di Maio Minister of the Interior, Matteo Salvini and Minister of Defence, Elisabetta Trenta became convinced that Italian policy have failed in Libya. This, according to the newspaper, is due to failure of the previous government and failure of the intelligence services, namely its director Alberto Manenti.


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