Di Maio warns that halting Libyan agreement on migration would be harmful

epa07922127 Itralian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio speaks in parliament during the Government's urgent information on the military operation undertaken by Turkey in the north-east of Syria, in Rome, Italy, 15 October 2019.Di Maio told parliament that the government will pass a decree to suspend future arms exports to Turkey and will assess existing contracts for weapons sales to Ankara. Turkey on the 09 October 2019 launched a military offensive targeting Kurdish forces in north-eastern Syria, days after the US withdrew troops from the area. EPA-EFE/ALESSANDRO DI MEO

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Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio told the Lower House on Wednesday that it would be unwise for Italy to break off its agreement with Libya on handling asylum seekers and combatting human trafficking.

The memorandum of understanding between the states is set to be automatically renewed at the weekend unless one of the parties opts out. Di Maio told a question-time session that pulling out would cause a “political injury”.

“The document can be amended but it is undeniable that it has reduced the number of arrivals and deaths at sea”. The agreement has been criticised by human rights groups who say it has led to migrants being taken back to face torture in Libya.


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