Apr 26, 1:34 PM EDT

Italian official: No military intervention planned for Libya


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ROME (AP) -- An Italian senator says no military intervention is "on the agenda" for Libya.

Senate defense commission president Nicola Latorre's remarks Tuesday came a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she and leaders of the United States, France, Italy and Britain had discussed the possibility of expanding military efforts to stop the smuggling of migrants across the Mediterranean.

Smugglers' boats launched from Libya's shores have sent hundreds of thousands of migrants toward Italy in the last three years.

Merkel has emphasized that the leaders didn't discuss concrete proposals for a NATO mission off Libya.

Latorre said Libya's stabilization is crucial for security and for managing the migrant flow. He also urged support for the new government in the oil-rich nation, where the Islamic State group has been gaining ground.

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