Libya : Italy sponsors 12 patrol boats to Libyan security guards

A seahorse for the Mediterranean: the Italian and Libya navies together. © RR

Casablanca (ADV) – The Italian parliament on Wednesday approved the provision of 12 patrol boats for Libya and training for Libyan coast guards, the Italian Embassy to Libya said.

“The Italian parliament approved today a decree to provide Libya with 12 patrol boats as well as training for the units of the Libyan Coast Guard,” the Italian Embassy tweeted.

Italy’s parliament approved on Monday night (with 382 votes in favour, 11 against and one abstention) to donate 12 patrol vessels to the Libyan coastguard to help push back migrants setting sail for Europe.

The plan to equip the Libyans is backed by the EU, which has funded the training of 237 Libyan coastguard officers to man the boats. The latest training course was run by the Spanish navy.

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