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Chaos in Libya increased risk of terrorist presence on migrants boats: Salvini


Chaos in Libya increased risk of terrorist presence on migrants boats: Salvini
"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," he said. Image Credit: Wikimedia

Chaos in Libya following General Khalifa Haftar's offensive has increased the risk of terrorist presence on migrant boats headed for Italy, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said, adding the country's ports would remain closed.

"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," he said in a radio interview on Wednesday.

Salvini, leader of the anti-immigrant League party, refused to say if Italy's stance could change in case of a full-fledged war in Libya after the flare-up in the cycle of anarchy gripping the country since dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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