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2 July 2019 Fayez al-Sarraj reportedly meets Italian deputy PM Matteo Salvini

On 2 July, the head of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Sarraj reportedly met the Italian Deputy Prime and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini in Milan to discuss about the difficult situation in the country. According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Al-Sarraj asked for a “reserved meeting” with the Italian government in order to demand more political and strategic support from Italy in the fight against General Khalifa Haftar. During the meeting, Salvini and Sarraj discussed about the possible consequences of a civil war for illegal migration and terrorism. Sources closed to Sarraj declared that: “We asked for weapons, we asked for intelligence, medical support, at least a stronger, clearer, more vocal political support. We have not seen anything decisive”. A few days ago, governmental forces took the city of Gharyan, one of Haftar’s strongholds during his offensive over Tripoli.