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Italy considers Egypt important in solving illegal migration. Here’s why

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Italy considers Egypt an important partner in stemming irregular migration across the Mediterranean and in bolstering its energy security.

Italy’s Foreign Minister, Antonio Tajani, said on Sunday revealed his country’s position although Egypt has largely prevented departures of migrant boats from its own north coast since 2016, the number of Egyptian nationals crossing to Europe via Libya has risen sharply.

Tajani said during a trip to Cairo as part of efforts to tackle irregular migration, Italy was “ready to have more legal migrants, including those coming from Egypt.”

Tajani also called for a resolution of Libya’s crisis that would lead to elections and a new constitution.

“The solution to the Libyan problem is also part of the solution to the illegal immigration problem,” said Tajani.

“I believe Egypt should become one of Italy’s big partners in the Mediterranean. Italy aspires to be a big European energy hub and on this point, there can be convergence with Egypt,” he said.

The migration crisis which has seen thousands of Africans die in the ill-fated adventures for greener pastures through illegal travels to Europe is gaining attention for solutions as the head of the Italian diplomacy met Egypt’s neighbour, Tunisian officials on the matter last week.

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Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, vows continued support for Mali

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Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov who is currently in Mali on a diplomatic visit has that Russia will continue helping Mali improve its military capabilities.

Mali’s recent relations with France have prompted Western concern.

Lavrov made the reiteration during a visit to the West African country where militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State have waged a decade-long insurgency that has spread to neighbouring countries.

Lavrov has visited a series of African countries recently as Moscow, hit by Western sanctions over its war in Ukraine, seeks to deepen trade ties and strategic partnerships elsewhere.

Mali has continued diplomatic romance with the global south as it has recently solidified relations with Russia and China as its relation with the rest faces tension. The country had broken defence ties with France and other pro-Western states.

Russian media quoted Lavrov as saying that Moscow hoped to start delivering wheat, fertilisers and oil products to Mali soon.

United Nations experts last week called for an independent investigation into possible war crimes by government forces and Russian private military contractor Wagner Group in Mali.

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Russian FM, Sergei Lavrov, sets to visit Mali to ‘strengthen defence ties’

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Relations between West African country, Mali and European power, Russia has continue to gain strength as the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov plans a two-day visit to Mali this week.

The Malian foreign ministry described the visit as a reflection of a shared wish to strengthen defence and security ties.

Mali has continued diplomatic romance with the global south as it has recently solidified relations with Russia and China as its relation with the rest faces tension. The country had broken defence ties with France and other pro-Western states.

The Russian minister will arrive in Bamako on Monday. It is the first time a Russian foreign minister has officially visited the West African nation and reflects Moscow’s focus on extending its reach on the continent while it is at loggerheads with Western powers over its invasion of Ukraine.

A statement by Malian ministry says the visit of the Russian is “high-level visit is in line with the political choice made by the Transitional Government to expand and diversify strategic partnerships.”

Lavrov’s visit shows “the firm will of the Malian and Russian heads of state to give new impetus to the relations of friendship and bilateral cooperation … in priority areas, in particular defence and security,” the ministry said.

Last week, United Nations experts called for an independent investigation into possible war crimes by government forces and Russian private military contractor Wagner Group in Mali.

The West African country is currently engaged in a fight against militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State who have waged a decade-long insurgency that has spread to neighbouring countries.

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