Italy Discusses Turkey’s Presence In Libya


The Security Committee of the Italian Parliament discussed Turkey’s presence in Libya during a session attended by the Director of the Italian Intelligence and Foreign Security Agency.

According to Agenzia Nova, the session included a discussion of “scenarios of Italy’s presence in the front lines in Libya and Afghanistan”.

It also discussed the “reduction of Italian presence in conjunction with the intervention of Turkish forces and the retreat of the Libyan Army commander, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar”.

This would be “without prejudice to the activity of the Italian Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio, between the Libyan capital Tripoli, and Ankara in order to create spaces for negotiation”.

Nova quoted a source close to the issue, saying that the representatives of the Government of National Accord (GNA) were demanding more resources from Italy because they “wanted to reduce dependence on Turkey”.

This is taking place in conjunction with discussions by a number of Italian MP’s in forming a commission next week in order to “follow up on Libya, 24 hours a day”.