Libya condemns Italy’s decision to increase troops in Misurata


Libya condemns Italy’s decision to increase troops in Misurata

TRIPOLI, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) — The National Defense and Security Committee of the Libyan eastern-based House of Representatives on Thursday condemned Italy’s decision to deploy more troops in the city of Misurata.

“The National Defense and Security Committee condemns the clear violation of Libya’s sovereignty by Italy through the Italian House of Representatives vote to approve the increase of its forces in Misurata,” the committee said in a statement.

“With this vote, Italy admits the presence of its forces, despite its previous denial of any troops on Libyan territory,” the statement added.

The committee warned Italy against “continued violation of Libya’s sovereignty,” and demanded explanation from Italy.

The Italian parliament on Wednesday approved the increase of Italian troops in Libya.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said earlier that Italy will transfer part of its military units from Iraq and Afghanistan to North Africa to combat illegal immigration and counter terrorism threats.

In September 2016, the Italian government sent a non-combat military mission, which includes about 100 special forces personnel, at the request of the Libyan UN-backed government to Misurata, some 200 km east of the capital Tripoli, to provide protection for the Italian field hospital inside Misurata air base.

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2 comments on “Libya condemns Italy’s decision to increase troops in Misurata

  1. Does Italy have any kind of agreement or treaty with any government entity that represents the Libyan people ? I am somewhat knowledgeable about past relations between the two countries, but how does that apply to the government situation in Libya today ? How can Italy’s House of Representatives unilaterally simply tell Libya “Here we come !” I wish all countries would just let the host country’s people and/or government decide who can or cannot come into their country ? A lot of Libya’s problems today are not of their own doing, it came from NATO, with a lot of the direction coming from the government of the United States of America (my own country). But then, we the people of the United States of America have very little say in what the people behind the curtain are doing to us, or what they are doing in our name ! I wonder who these people are ? Could (((they))) also be the ones messing up Libya ?

    • From my understanding Italy paid a big sum to the militias of the UN-backed gov in Tripoli to keep the refugees at bay from Italy. With that said Seraj who is the prime minister for the UN-backed gov holding in captivity only Tripoli with the biggest support from Mizurata this gov which was not democratically elected but installed made an agreement with Italy while the democratic elected gov which resides in Tobruk are totally against it and against the Italians paying the governmental militias. The outsiders will not leave Libya alone they insist into dividing the country.

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