The Address | Benghazi – Libya
ROME – Italy’s Defense Minister, Elisabetta Trenta, said on Friday that Libya is targeted by terrorism for “the courage and tenacity that it has shown in undertaking a path of democratic and peaceful development” and added that “international action in this country remains a priority.”
Trenta’s remarks came during a ceremony of awarding diplomas to the 64 soldiers of the coast guard and the Libyan navy at the end of a training cycle in the Italian island of La Maddalena.
Trenta stated that that Italy will continue “to contribute to the growth of Libya’s capacity” to achieve stability and eradicate terrorism.
The minister stressed that, in three years, Operation Sophia “has seen its tasks expand on the basis of new operational and security needs and has contributed decisively to counteract the traffic of human beings along the route from the Libyan coast to Europe.” She added, “hundreds of people suspected of trafficking and trafficking have been arrested and transferred to the Italian authorities, and hundreds of boats have been neutralized, thus helping to save thousands of lives.”