The United Nations’ new envoy to Libya, a former Lebanese culture minister named Ghassam Salame, has shocked leftists by coming out in support of efforts by the Italian and Libyan government to close down the African invasion route across the Mediterranean.
Salame, appointed in June to head UN operations in Libya, described the cooperation between Tripoli and Rome as a “very constructive” way of dealing with an acute problem.
“It would be absolutely unrealistic to ignore the seriousness of the challenge of irregular migration,” Salame said after meeting Italian Foreign Minister Angelo Alfano in Rome.
“There are hundreds of millions of them across the world. This is very serious problem.”
“I also believe each country has an absolute right to control its borders and that the best way of doing that is through cooperation with neighbouring countries.
“We are on a good track of strengthening cooperation to meet this challenge which is a challenge for all of us.”
More than 600,000 Africans and Third Worlders pretending to be refugees have invaded Europe via Italy since 2014.
Even though the Italian government is made up of a far left coalition, the sheer numbers of invaders parasiting off that country’s already creaking welfare system has forced them to respond to domestic pressure to halt the invasion.
The Italian navy has started providing technical assistance to the Libyan coastguard, which has also been provided with new patrol boats and training by the Italian government.
Italy’s Alfano said the cooperation was beginning to bear fruit, in a reference to a more than 50-percent fall in the number of invaders picked up at sea during July, when compared to the same month in 2016.
Italy has also been working to halt the invaders in Libya through better controls on the southern border, cooperation with countries like Niger, Chad and Mali that the Africans transit on their way to the Mediterranean, and a “voluntary repatriation program.”