Libya: Magarief says security top priority

10 January, 19:41

(ANSAmed) - ROME, JANUARY 10 - In speaking at the Italy-Libya economic forum underway at the Foreign Ministry, Libyan Head of State and National Assembly President Mohammad Youssef Magarief, said that among the challenges to be faced for the new Libya, ''security is at the top of the list of our concerns, and we have begun to deal with it with the help of the Italian Republic''. Italy has shown willingness especially as concerns ''the training of our armed forces and security, and in the social re-integration of former rebels.'' He went on to say that ''we are in talks with neighbouring countries to work together in the struggle against the trafficking of arms, munitions, drugs and irregular migrants, with the help of the EU and other countries in the region.'' There is also the issue of illnesses, especially of the social sort, he said, addressing Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi and a vast audience of businessmen, ''which can have a negative impact on you as well''. This is the reason behind the initiative taken by Prime Minister Ali Zidan, he went on to say, to go to neighbouring countries (with which another meeting has been scheduled) to ''seal the borders'' and ''step up air surveillance by the armed forces'' to keep watch over them.



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