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Libya, EU see eye to eye on illegal immigration crisis response

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Najla Al-Mangoush, stressed the need to find a comprehensive policy to tackle the illegal immigration crisis, by uniting European efforts according to legal frameworks with international organizations and the European Union.

This came in a joint press conference by Al-Mangoush in Tripoli with her Italian counterpart, Luigi Di Maio, Maltese counterpart Evarist Bartolo, and the European Union Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Policies, Olivér Várhelyi.

The Foreign Minister stressed that the illegal immigration crisis requires a holistic policy, and that she was taken seriously by the Foreign Ministers of Malta and Italy; to solve this crisis.

She added: “I reached with the Foreign Ministers of Italy and Malta, practical and comprehensive solutions to this crisis, and we emphasized that the Libyan Coast Guard should be part of the strategy, but it should not be the starting point for solving the migration crisis.”

The Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed the importance of unifying support efforts from the European Union, and that they be in accordance with legal frameworks, whether with the Union or organizations, adding that the European Commissioner suggested that Libya help in the return of some migrants to countries of origin, given that Libya is a transit country, and it was agreed to Securing the southern border, and supporting the European Union with logistical materials to protect the south from immigration.

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