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Italy’s Defense Minister meets with GNA’s Interior Minister ahead of the Palermo conference

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ROME – Italy’s Defense Minister, Elisabetta Trenta, met on Tuesday, with Interior Minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, Fathi Bashaga, at the headquarters of the Italian Ministry of Defense known as Palazzo Baracchini. The meeting came one week ahead of the Palermo conference on November 12th and 13.

According to a statement by the Italian Defense Ministry, Trenta affirmed that the commitment of the Defense in Libya is, in the context of the many current priorities, a primary importance.

“The national will, therefore, remains unchanged to continue to be an active part in the stabilization process of Libya, which crucial for the security of the entire Mediterranean area.”, the statement said.

The statement quoted Trenta as saying that “Libya is a strategic partner in the management of migratory flows and Italy considers this activity a fundamental priority of the current government action.”

“Both sides have hoped that the Palermo conference may create agreements that lead to a real stabilization of Libya.” the statement adds before concluding, “The Italian Defense Mission in the country (MIASIT) performs multiple tasks in response to the specific requests of the Libyan Government, and ranges from hospital assistance to the resurgence of air and naval vehicles, to the training of personnel in both Libya and Italy.”

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