The Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi said conditions are not in place to send Italian troops to Libya, in response to suggestions made by the US ambassador to Rome, John Phillips.
Renzi said, according to Reuters, that “as long as I am the prime minister, Italy will not go to Libya for an invasion with 5,000 men”.
“if there is a need for intervention we will not hesitate, but this is not the situation today. The idea of sending 5,000 men is not on the table”, he added, Sunday.
Renzi stressed the need to secure Tripoli first and guarantee that the Islamic State (IS) is not able to launch more attacks.
Some Italian officials said that Italy already sent 40 secret service agents to Libya in recent weeks, with an additional 50 special forces operatives set to join them.