Libya: ENI workers and rigs protected, defense minister

'Mare Sicuro mission for this purpose'

03 February, 17:45

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, FEBRUARY 3 - ENI workers and facilities in Libya are protected, Italian defense minister Roberta Pinotti stressed on Wednesday on the Radio 24 program Mix24.

    She noted that the mission 'Mare Sicuro' had been underway for a year. ''With the Parliament, we decided to implement an important mission in the Mediterranean,'' she said, ''which is called Mare Sicuro and which is a security mission. We made this decision a year ago due to the situation in Libya, which was becoming ever more serious and in general due to the situation on the African coasts, which was getting worse. We have a significant number of ships in the Mediterranean'', including submarines. ''We did this,'' the minister added, ''so that we would be able to defend our rigs in case of attack, just as we have been able to defend Italian fishing boats. We are at sea to protect Italy.'' (ANSAmed).

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