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.