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Italian fishing boats seized by LNA sail back to Italy

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ROME – The two Italian fishing boats seized late Tuesday evening by the Libyan National Army Coast Guard patrol boats are sailing back to Italy, Italian Foreign Ministry announced late Friday.

In its statement, the Foreign Ministry said that Enzo Moavero Milanesi conveys his thanks to all the civil servants who worked to enable the two trawlers seized by Libyan naval units last Wednesday to sail back to Italy.

“It is a result achieved through a sizable effort, carried out with great effectiveness and dutiful confidentiality and facilitated by our close relations with Libyan authorities”, the Ministry quoted Milanesi as saying.

The Ministry concluded by recalling that “the Italian Embassy in Libya and the Foreign Ministry’s Crisis Unit have constantly followed the case, receiving reassurance on the treatment and good health conditions of the seamen during their detention.”

The two boats named “Aphrodite Pesca” and “Matteo Marrarino”, both had on board a total crew of thirteen men, and were seized by LNA after being intercepted in Libyan territorial waters.

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