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Libyan army warns against establishment of foreign base in South

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The Libyan army on Friday warned of the desire of some international parties to establish a military presence in some areas of southern Libya, under the pretext of addressing illegal immigration, in response to an Italian proposal to establish “reception centers and identification of migrants” in southern Libya.

The General Command of the army warned in a statement the parties carrying out this work, saying that this step “blatantly violates the rules of international law and constitutes a blatant attack on the Libyan state and its sovereignty and territory”, stressing that it is able to “protect the Libyan state and its borders and its people, institutions, installations and economic capabilities against any act of aggression and violation of its national sovereignty.”

On Thursday, Italian media reported an agreement between Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord of Libya Fayez Al-Sarraj and Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini to set up an Italian military base in the southern Libyan city of Gatt.