In order to stop the departures of migrants from Libya, Italy is ready to resurrect an agreement signed with Muammar Gaddafi in 2008 by the Berlusconi government. This was announced Monday by sources in the Tripoli government after a meeting held in Libya between Minister of Internal Affairs Marco Minniti, the interim Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al Serraj and Foreign Minister Taher Siyala.
At the summit, they reached bilateral agreements to mitigate immigration and terrorism in return — if the news from Tripoli is to be believed — for Italian investments in infrastructure (at the time, there was talk of €5 billion, a figure that seems to be confirmed now) and funding for flights that will send migrants back to their country of origin.
Minniti himself announced a few days ago his intention to travel to the North African country to discuss with Serraj how to put an end to boat departures. “Ninety-five percent of migrants take off from Libya, and it is clear that the phenomenon must be tackled there,” he said.