ROME – The Italian General Defence Staff has denied its intention to build its presence in Libya, stressing that media reports in this regard are false.
According to the Italian General Defence Staff, the troops present now in Libya amount to 250 units while the agreement with the Libyan side allows up to 400 units, the Italian magazine Formica reported.
The Italian side denied any dialogue with the Libyan authorities to increase the military presence, as “unreliable sources” claimed.
In return, Italian General Defence Staff did confirm that it would deploy another 17 military missions in the African region, based on the decision of the Italian Council of Ministers in June. 17.