By Libya Herald reporters.
Tunis, 20 September 2017:
Libya will allow Italian charities to operate in migrant detention camps, Presidency Council (PC) foreign minister Mohamed Siala said today.
Siala told Italian foreign minister Angelino Alfano at the UN in New York that Italian Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) could work in migrant camps provided this was in conjunction with the Libyan staff at these detention centres.
Alfano said that Rome was concerned at conditions in which migrants were being held and said that Italian NGOs wanted to help to improve them. He also said that Italy was looking at ways to give financial support to the camps.
The Italian foreign minister praised what he described as his country’s effective cooperation with Libya particularly in managing the flow of migrants which had declined steadily over the past few months.
Siala’s other meetings today included talks with his Sudanese counterpart Ibrahim Ghandour, who told him that Sudan was sending back an ambassador to Tripoli. Siala also joined PC head Faiez Serraj in a meeting with UAE foreign minister Abdullah bin Zayed. They thanked the UAE for standing alongside the Libyan people and its role in Libyan national reconciliation. Zayed reportedly stressed the deep links between the two countries and said the UAE would increase efforts to help settle the Libyan crisis.