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Italian fishermen held in Libya are free

(B2) The 18 fishermen from Sicily held prisoner in eastern Libya since September have been released

(credit: Farnesina - Luigi di Maio)

« Our fishermen are free. In a few hours, they will be able to hug their families and loved ones said Italian Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio, on Facebook. Release made possible by the Italian Foreign Intelligence Agency (AISE) and " all the diplomatic corps “, warmly thanked by the Minister, former leader of the 5 Stars movement.

Coming to Benghazi (Libya) to recover their fellow citizens, Luigi di Maio and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte took the opportunity to repeat directly to Marshal Haftar, commander of the Libyan national army (opposition), a message: “ The government continues to strongly support Libya's stabilization process.

These fishermen from Mazara del Vallo (Sicily) were arrested in September by the authorities in eastern Libya. Reason given: they were fishing in the Libyan exclusive economic zone. A timely arrest, while Libyan footballers had been arrested in Italy, in a delicate context of intra-Libyan negotiations where Rome is still active.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).