The spokesperson of the Libyan Navy, Ayoub Qasim, said that the Coast Guard will receive 12 rubber rescue boats and two larger rescue operation boats from Italy in October within the framework of a joint cooperation to combat illegal immigration.

Qasim disclosed in a media statement on Tuesday that a Libyan-Italian agreement was made under which Italy plans to build and renovate a camp for the Libyan Border Guards in the city of Ghat, south Libya, but denied any Italian military presence in the region.

It is worth noting that the Italian government approved in the past days a draft government decree to hand over 10 patrol boats and two naval units to the Libyan Coast Guard with the allocation of one million and 400 thousand euros in two years for maintenance and training, according to the Italian news agency AKI.