The Address | Benghazi – Libya
ROME – Italy’s Foreign Minister, Enzo Moavero Milanesi, refuted on Wednesday a statement made by Head of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, in which he alleged that 800,000 migrants are set to “invade” Italy and Europe from Libya.
“We have no evidence for this figure,” said the Italian diplomat. “We do not have any news of this nature,” he continued.
“This is an over-inflated figure compared to the extremely lower numbers we have evidence for, which are in the order of a few thousand,” said Milanesi.
In an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera two days ago, Al-Sarraj tried to scare-monger Italy to intervene in his favor in Tripoli by claiming that thousands of migrants, including jihadists, are set to invade Italy and Europe.
“Do something quickly,” he said, “the worsening of the situation in Libya could push 800,000 migrants and Libyans to invade Italy and Europe”.