There is a risk of increasing departures of migrants from Libya and Tunisia, Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani warned on Tuesday.
Speaking in an interview with Italian newspaper il Giornale, Tajani reiterated that a “commitment in the Mediterranean is needed to stop illegal immigration”.
“We are working in Tunisia and Libya because there is a risk of increasing departures,” he said. “Italy cannot become the parking lot for those who want to go elsewhere, most want to leave our country”.
The Italian top diplomat revealed that his government has “prepared a plan with the International Labour Organization for the employment of about 80,000 regular immigrants. ”
The minister also dwells on Italy’s role in foreign policy: “Italy must have a great role and I’m doing everything to increase our position in the world. The stronger we are internationally, the more our reputation grows, the more our economy grows”.