Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has said that the chaos Khalifa Haftar’s offensive has caused in Libya has increased the risk of a terrorist presence aboard the migrant boats heading to Italy.
“Islamic terrorist infiltration is no longer a risk, it has become a certainty: it is, therefore, my duty to reiterate that no docking will be allowed on Italian shores”, Matteo Salvini said in a radio interview.
The long-running chaos in Libya escalated earlier this month after Marshal Haftar announced an offensive on Tripoli, prompting the GNA to announce a mobilization for a counteroffensive. GNA Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj has ordered the arrest of Haftar and his LNA allies. The LNA, meanwhile, has accused the GNA of allying itself with terrorists.