Italian Foreign Minster Franco Frattini traveled to Tripoli on 30 September for meetings with the NTC President Mustafa Abdel Jalil and Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril. Frattini and Jibril met one week earlier on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Meeting. Italy and the NTC signed a memorandum of understanding to create a joint coordination committee whose function will be to prepare for the reactivation of Italy-Libya Friendship Agreement as soon as a new Libyan government assumes office.
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Foreign Minister Franco Frattini and Mahmud Jabril, the head of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC), signed a migration agreement today in Naples. The agreement provides for “mutual assistance and cooperation in combating illegal migration, including repatriation of illegal immigrants.” Frattini is quoted by media reports that Italy “is ready to help the NTC in terms of equipment and facilities, as we did with Tunisia, providing the tools to patrol and prevent the illegal trips.” Jabril said that with the agreement “we reaffirm the commitment of the NTC to respect previous agreements by Libya” with Italy and that “illegal immigration in our opinion will shape relations between Europe and Africa for the next 25 years.”
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