Italy Warns that Libya May Suspend Bi-Lateral Migration Agreement

Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said that the Swiss – Libya visa dispute which has resulted in a Libyan decision to stop issuing visas to nationals of the Schengen zone may result in Libya halting its cooperation with Italy under the terms of the two countries’ bi-lateral migration agreement.

“Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of European Union interior ministers, …  Maroni said the row put the Schengen zone at risk and could further strain relations with Libya. Cooperation by Tripoli in controlling immigration to the EU was one issue, he said. ‘The fear is in part that … Libya could weaken its border controls concerning illegal immigration.’”

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