Migrants: Italian naval ship San Giusto berths in Tunisia

Visit part of EUNAVFOR Med’s operation Sophia

16 March, 12:18

    Tunis - The Italian naval ship San Giusto is in Tunisia for the second time as part of the European Union Naval Force Mediterranean - EUNAVFOR Med operation Sophia, of which the north African country is a partner. San Giusto is berthed in La Goulette. EU ambassador in Tunisia, Patrice Bergamini, and Sophia commander Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, said at a joint press conference that the EU naval mission launched on May 18, 2015, served to combat migrant trafficking and save lives in the Mediterranean.

    "This second visit by San Giusto is the reflection of the excellent cooperation between the EU and Tunisia in the field of security," Bergamini said. Credendino recalled that the operation has been given two new missions: training the Libyan coast guard and monitoring and enforcing the arms embargo on Libya. "Roughly 188 coast guards have been trained as part of this mission," the rear admiral said. The training will continue until the end of the year, he added.

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