The Italian Defense Minister, Roberta Pinotti, said on Thursday that Italian military intervention in Libya is “unthinkable” in the same time reports suggest existence of special Italian forces on the grounds in Libya.
“Can you imagine what does intervention in Libya mean? It is unimaginable and silly. No one has ever thought about it”, Pinotti said in an interview.
Her comments, came a few days after Italy, agreed that US forces can use an airbase in Sicily to launch drone strikes against the Islamic State group (IS) targets in Libya on a case-by-case basis.
However, she pointed out that western countries can provide security support for Libyans at the request of the Government of National Accord (GNA), including sending military advisers and trainers, while leaving the ground operations against the IS forces for Local forces.
Commenting on a report of Le Monde, French newspaper, about secret French operation in Libya and other reports that US and British holding secret tasks, the minister said that unilateral interventions in the past didn’t contribute to a harmonious future in Libya.”
Italy is the largest buyer of Libyan oil and gas, and it has a great interest in the stability of the situation in Libya, in order to reduce the influx of illegal migrants, who cross the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy.