Italy offers to train 1,000 men, Libya says

Offer made during joint committee on migrants in Tripoli

31 August, 20:16

    (ANSAmed) - - Italy has offered to train this year 1,000 members of the Libyan coast guard, "anti illegal emigration service" and "criminal investigations" as well as "theoretical and practical instruction" for motorboat crews, the Libyan government has said.

    The offer was made during the meeting of the joint Italy-Libya committee on the fight against human trafficking in Tripoli on Wednesday. In addition, "the Italian side says it will continue repairing motorboats in the Tunisian port of Biserta", a statement posted on Facebook read.

    During the meeting Libya said "illegal emigration" costs the country "more than 30 million dinars per year" (the equivalent of nearly 19 million euros) in reception costs.

    Some 16,000 illegal migrants have been detained this year and "will be repatriated with help from the embassies of their countries", the statement continued. 

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