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France ready to help Libya govt with naval security

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    Tuesday, 26 April 2016

    France said Tuesday it was ready to help Libya’s new unity government with maritime security as the fledgling administration seeks to assert its authority over the chaos-wracked country.
    “We must wait until the prime minister (designate Fayez al-Sarraj) tells us what security measures he is planning on taking and what he is hoping to get from the international community to ensure Libya’s maritime security. We are ready” to help, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told France’s Europe 1 radio.
    His remarks came a week after the European Union offered “concrete” support to Libya’s unity government to boost the economy and security, including training for the Libyan coastguard to stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean.
    The EU is concerned by ISIS’s expansion in Libya, and also by a new increase in migrant arrivals in Italy from Libya since the start of spring.
    NATO is now three months away from launching its own patrols off Libya as part of a plan to stop migrants arriving in Italy, Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti said Monday.

    The mission, which is expected to be approved at a NATO summit on July 7, would be part of a broader Italian plan to close the Western Mediterranean route into the European Union based on the return of so-called economic migrants to their countries of origin.

    French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said earlier this month that France does not plan to deploy ground troops or launch air strikes in Libya.
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