The Head of the Presidential Council, Mohammed Menfi, said that the security approach alone is not sufficient to solve the dilemma of illegal immigration, adding that this phenomenon is related to human trafficking and cannot be addressed by Libya alone. He called for development in the African continent and the exploitation of natural resources.
In his speech to the Conference on Immigration and Development in Rome, Menfi added that they must unite their efforts to eradicate the roots and causes of illegal immigration, confront this phenomenon with solidarity and cooperation, and help defend territorial integrity and sovereignty, as well as work to enhance security at the borders and prevent "death boats from crossing the shores."
"Libya, through the Presidential Council, the Government of National Unity, and the specialized committees, is addressing this criminal phenomenon that extends to our coasts and we call on neighboring countries to participate in these efforts. We need assistance to confront the criminal gangs that infiltrate Libya, violate human rights and cause economic suffering, despite harnessing our security capabilities to provide refugee relief." Menfi said.
The International Conference on Immigration and Development, which is being hosted by Italy in Rome, was launched on Sunday. Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni received a number of heads of states and prime ministers as well as heads of organizations to attend the Conference, including Menfi and the Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah.