Essebsi in Rome, Italy-Tunisia agreement on migrants

Kobler warns: 'They can't be repatriated in Libya'

09 February, 19:00

    Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi addresses Italian Parliament Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi addresses Italian Parliament

    ROME - A framework agreement to counter illegal immigration, human trafficking and boost borders is part of six agreements which Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano will sign this morning with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, who is in Italy for an official visit since yesterday.

    The agreement with Tunis follows one last week with Libya.

    However yesterday, UN special envoy Martin Kobler expressed concern, along with NGOs, stating that ''migrants cannot be repatriated to Libya in this phase. I understand Europe's concern - he explained - but repatriation is not a solution that can be practiced given humanitarian conditions in the country''.

    The Italian-Libyan accord was also attacked by the Libyan House of representatives (the parliament of Tobruk that opposes the government of Sarraj in Tripoli) which considers it void.

    Also on the agenda are issues including partnership for development, electrical connections, youth exchange programs, culture, healthcare and transportation.

    Essebsi is undertaking his first official visit as Tunisian head of State since 2011, the year of the revolution. ''There is renewed friendship and full cooperation between our countries'', said the Italian president at the end of the talks, stressing the ''determination to increase cooperation in future in the fight against terrorism and human trafficking''. President Essebsi stressed during the day that the season of attacks ''is part of the past: security in Tunisia is at the level of European countries. I am launching an appeal on all Italians to return here''. Essebsi also met with Premier Paolo Gentiloni and the Speakers of the Lower House and Senate, Laura Boldrini and Pietro Grasso.

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