The Address | Benghazi – Libya
The Italian government has confirmed the ”full legitimacy of Libyan rescue operations” in the Mediterranean Sea in light of the opinion expressed by the European Commission that ”Libya can and must rescue immigrants at sea” and can, therefore, be considered a safe port.
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has stressed the ”full legitimacy of Libyan rescue operations” as part of the directive on the surveillance of maritime borders and the fight against illegal immigration which was issued last week.
Salvini said that the presence of the International Organization for Migration guarantees the respect of immigrants’ rights and at the same time faster rescue operations.
The ministry said the confirmation was made ”in light of the opinion of the European Commission, according to which Libya can and must rescue immigrants at sea and must, therefore, be considered a reliable country.”