The Italian Deputy Foreign Minister, Marina Sereni, stressed on Friday that the Italian government’s policy towards Libya had not altered.

Sereni added that the Italian Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio had confirmed, on many occasions, Rome’s commitment to achieving stability in Libya.

On the subject of the release of 18 Italian fishermen previously held in Benghazi by the militias of the warlord Khalifa Haftar, Sereni called their release a ‘significant achievement’.

He went on to note that the Italian intelligence agency, along with many diplomats, had taken all possible steps to ensure the safe release of the fishermen, within the framework of the law.