Today, at Palazzo Baracchini, Defence Minister Mario Mauro met his Libyan counterpart, Abdullah Al-Thinni
Two Technical Agreements aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation between Italy and Libya were signed today.
In particular, Minister Mauro and Libyan Defence Minister Al-Thinni signed an agreement on the employment of Italian remotely piloted aircraft to support Libyan authorities in border control activities in southern Libya.
An agreement on training activities in favour of Libyan personnel was also signed. The relevant training activities, to be implemented either in Libya or in Italy, will contribute to international peace and stability by improving common security.
As regards the tragedies that took place in the Mediterranean recently, Minister Mauro expressed the Italian concern for the loss of human lives and for the destabilising impact of migration flows crossing the Libyan territory and borders to reach the Mediterranean shores.
As stressed by Minister Mauro, Safe and stable borders are necessary for an appropriate management of migration flows and to protect the fundamental rights of migrants.
During talks, in view of capability developments in the maritime surveillance and security sector, the possibility for Libyan officers to embark on Italian Navy units involved in Operation Mare Nostrum also emerged, together with the launch of training courses on V-RMTC (Virtual Maritime Traffic Centre) employment.
Minister Mauro than thanked his Libyan counterpart for the support ensured to the Italian Mission in Libya (MIL), expressing his wish that a SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) be signed to guarantee the necessary legal protection for Italian personnel employed in the Libyan territory.