Terrorist infiltration a ‘certainty’, Italian ports stay closed for migrant boats – Salvini
“Islamic terrorist infiltration is no longer a risk, it has become a certainty: it is therefore my duty to reiterate that no docking will be allowed on Italian shores,” Matteo Salvini said in a radio interview this Wednesday.
Given the recent failure of an attempted blitz on the Libyan capital by Libyan National Army officer Khalifa Haftar, Salvini believes the number of combatants infiltrating migrant ships is growing.
While drawing fire from pro-migrant groups for what they say is abandoning the refugees, Salvini says migrant rescue operations have to act in accordance with the law.Also on rt.com ‘They hate Italians and must resign’: Salvini attacks mayors resisting harsh immigration rules
Though stopping short of prosecuting those attempting to bring in migrants without approval, Salvini’s government issued a directive last March regarding rescue regulations, threatening “sanctions” for those who violate international, European, and national laws.
Rome has also been resolute in refusing EU mandates on migration, accusing other European powers of trying to push the problem off on Italy. The conflict has come to a head several times since the beginning of the year, when ships carrying rescued migrants, primarily from Libya, were denied access to Italian ports.
Like this story? Share it with a friend!