France calls for meeting in Paris to discuss illegal immigration in Libya

France called on the European interior and foreign ministers to hold on Monday an unofficial meeting in Paris to discuss illegal immigration and the situation in Libya.

The call for a meeting comes amid the intense debate in Europe about the impact of the Tripoli war on illegal immigration.

The meeting will bring together European interior and foreign ministers and the European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos.

The problem of illegal immigrants has raised debates among European countries, some of which have called for the redistribution of migrants among the other EU countries.

This debate has curtailed the Operation of Sophia, the European naval mission led by Rome to fight illegal immigration.

Previously, Italian Defense Minister Elisabetta Trenta said that the regulations of the operation should be amended to allow other European countries to participate in it, share the burden of hosting illegal migrants and combat oil smuggling.

Mogherini, vice-president of the European Commission, explained that there are “many disagreements” between the participating countries regarding the operation, which may eventually risk termination by the end of March, unless all states reach an agreement on it.

Further, Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini was cited in Italian media complaining that people rescued by Sophia are only offloaded in Italy.


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