A series of talks aimed at activating cooperation in the field of security has been held between Libya and Italy at the . . .[restrict]Ministry of Interior in Tripoli. On the Libyan side, the talks were led by the Deputy Minister of the Interior, Umar Khadrawi, and on the Italian side by the director-general of the immigration and border police department at the Ministry of the Interior, Rodolfo Ronconi.
Participating in the talks were the managers of departments specialising in combating illegal immigration, assisting the coast guard, improving beach security and training as well as technical experts from both countries.
Khadrawi welcomed the members of the Italian delegation and expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Italian government and people for their support of Libya during the 17 February Revolution.
He said: “The Libyan and Italian peoples want to see relations between the new Libya and Italy produce positive developments based on mutual cooperation and mutual respect. We in Libya are very serious about working with our friends in Europe, especially with Italy, in the fields of security and activating the agreements concluded between the two countries, with particular regard to combating illegal immigration and organized crime, drugs and psychotropic substances, training and rehabilitation.”
Ronconi outlined the Italian government’s hopes of joint security cooperation between the two countries. He expressed his country’s readiness to provide further support and assistance as needed by Libya, especially in the areas of security training and rehabilitation.
He also mentioned improving cooperation between the Libyan and Italian Coast Guards, especially in dealing with the technical aspects of border and beach control in order to curb illegal immigration. [/restrict]