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TRIPOLI, June 25, 2018 (MENA) - Prime Minister of Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Seraj met on Monday Italian Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini currently visiting Libya.

The two sides discussed boosting cooperation in various issues including countering illegal migration and human trafficking networks.

They have also agreed on setting forth a comprehensive plan to counter illegal migration taking into account its security, economic and humanitarian aspects.

The two officials also stressed the importance of securing Libyan southern borders through training programs to Libyan forces and spatial development, according to a statement released by the premier's information office.

Seraj highlighted the distinguished relations between both countries, lauding Italian efforts to help Libya overcome its current crisis.

For his part, Salvini reiterated Italy's support for the GNA, asserting his country's willingness to do the best to stabilize the county.

TRIPOLI, June 25, 2018 (MENA) - Head of the dissolved Shura Council of Mujahedeen in Derna (SCMD) Attia al-Shaeri was killed, Libya News Agency (LNA) reported on Monday.

The Libyan news agency cited several terrorist websites which were mourning the terrorist leader.

Al-Shaeri appeared in public for the first time in May to announce dissolving the council, and renaming it Derna Protection Force, few days after the Libyan national army has launched a military operation to recapture Derna, said the LNA.

The Libyan Arab Armed Forces are engaged in fierce clashes in Derna, during which they managed to fully control the city after retaking Al-Maghar neighborhood.

TRIPOLI, June 25, 2018 (News Wires) - Libya's coastguard has rescued nearly 1,000 migrants who were on boats in distress in the Mediterranean on their way to Europe, the navy said on Monday.

Three separate operations took place on Sunday with the coastguard bringing ashore in Libya a total of 948 migrants, navy spokesman Ayoub Kacem said.

The migrants were on inflatable dinghies which were facing difficulties in the Mediterranean off the coast of Garabulli east of the capital Tripoli, navy officer Rami Ghommeidh said.

A first group of 97 migrants were rescued, while a second operation brought 361 migrants -- including 88 women and 44 children -- ashore and late in the evening a final group of 490 migrants were rescued, said Kacem.

In all a total of 2,000 migrants trying to make the perilous journey to Europe, often on unseaworthy boats, were either intercepted or assisted by the Libyan navy since Wednesday.

Monday's announcement by the navy came as Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini was en route to Libya for talks on the migrant crisis.

Salvini, who has vowed a hardline stance on migrants, posted a selfie on Twitter showing him on board a military plane heading for Libya and wrote: "Mission Libya, we've left!".

He is the first member of Italy's new populist government to visit the North African country, a former Italian colony.

On Sunday Salvini ordered foreign charities to stop rescuing migrants off Libya even as reports emerged of that a group of nearly 1,000 were on boats in distress in the Mediterranean.

"Let the Libyan authorities do their work of rescue, recovery and return (of migrants) to their country, as they have been doing for some time, without the ships of the voracious NGOs disturbing them or causing trouble," he said.

Later on Sunday the Italian interior minister thanked Libyan authorities for rescuing migrants trapped at sea.

"I would like to express my heartfelt thanks, as a minister and as a father, to the authorities and the Libyan coastguard," he said in a tweet.

"Today they saved and brought 820 immigrants back to Libya, making the 'work' of the traffickers in vain and avoiding wrongful interventions by NGO ships," he added.

Libya is a key departure point for thousands of migrants hoping to reach Europe, although hundreds drown each year attempting the crossing.

TRIPOLI, June 23, 2018 (MENA) - The Libyan coast guard have rescued 185 illegal immigrants off Libya's western coast, navy spokesman Ayob Qassem said on Saturday.

In statements broadcast by Radio Sawa, Qassem added that five bodies of illegal immigrants have also been recovered by the Libyan naval forces.

The immigrants were on board two shabby boats, he said, noting that the survivors received the necessary humanitarian aid and were then taken to a shelter affiliated to the anti-illegal immigration department.

MARSA MATROUH, Egypt, June 22, 2018 (MENA) - As many as 287 Egyptians returned home from Libya via Salloum crossing over the past 24 hours, said Matrouh Security Chief Hisham Nasr.

Out of all the returnees, 81 Egyptians had illegally traveled to Libya, Nasr said in a statement on Friday.

Meanwhile, travel procedures for 965 persons, including 168 Egyptians and 797 Libyans, have been finalized, the statement read.

Also, 109 trucks were allowed into Egypt from Libya to be loaded with Egyptian goods, while 28 others left the crossing for the Libyan side.

BENGHAZI, June 22, 2018 (MENA) - The Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan Army Khalifa Haftar praised the depth and strength of the Egyptian-Libyan ties, adding that both countries share common fate relationship.

In an interview with Al-Ahram Al-Arabi magazine to be published on Saturday, Haftar asserted that Egypt and Libya are partners in everything, adding that consultations between the two countries go on in all issues that concern both peoples.

Joint cooperation is being promoted in all domains, he affirmed, noting that the Egyptian leadership supports any step that aims at achieving stability and attaining peace in Libya.

Egypt places the Libyan file among it top priorities and spares no effort to solve the Libyan crisis, Haftar underscored.

The Egyptian role is indispensable, he reiterated, adding that his visit to Cairo after returning from Paris comes within the framework of consultation and bilateral cooperation.

Concerning the Libyan-UAE relations, Haftar asserted that the Arab country has a supportive stance towards Libya, noting that it is one of the top countries fighting terrorism.

He further praised the courageous stances of the French president towards the Libyan cause.

 

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