Italy, Libya rebels agree to security cooperation

Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:24pm GMT
 

ROME, July 26 (Reuters) - Italy has agreed to help Libya's rebel government develop its security apparatus, Italian interior minister Roberto Maroni said on Tuesday after meeting his counterpart from the rebel movement.

Maroni said in a statement he "welcomed the prospect of developing relations in the security sector", and said Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) had asked Italy to help train its police force.

Ahmed Hussein al-Darrat, the interior minister appointed to the rebel government, also said the NTC wanted to work more closely with Italy to tackle a migration crisis caused by the violence in the north African country.

Italy threw its full support behind Libyan rebels in April, recognising them as the only legitimate representatives of the country and promising to supply them with weapons.

In June, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini signed an accord with the NTC to handle jointly a migration emergency in which thousands of people fled Libya after an uprising against Muammar Gaddafi's rule began in February. (Reporting by Catherine Hornby; editing by David Stamp)

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