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Italian lawyer Giuseppe Conte addresses journalists after a meeting with Italy's President Sergio Mattarella on May 23, 2018 at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome. Italy's president approved little-known lawyer Giuseppe Conte's nomination to be prime minister of a government formed by far-right and anti-establishment parties. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTO

Italian Prime Minister warns fragile situation in Libya would escalate immigration crisis

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte predicted that the fragile situation in Libya would lead to more migration flows.

During a briefing to the Italian parliament, Conte stressed the need to keep the influx of migration low, calling at the same time Europe to participate in the repatriation of migrants.

He also demanded that the transformation of migrants rescued by European vessels should not be limited to Italy, according to the Italian news agency Aki.

Since 2017, Italy has been adhering to a strict policy against immigrant rescue ships. The Interior Minister Matteo Salvini had threatened in previous statements to close ports to rescue ships.

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