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