The Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity, Abdel Hamid Al-Dabaiba, stressed that Libya – being a transit country – will not be able to stop the phenomenon of illegal immigration and human smuggling alone, stressing that “the matter requires serious cooperation by the European Union and with the countries of origin.”
Dabaiba’s statements came during a meeting held Monday in Tripoli, with the European Union Commissioner for Internal Affairs, Elva Johansson, in the presence of the European Union Ambassador to Libya Jose Spadel. On the Libyan side, Interior Minister Khaled Mazen and Minister of State for Migration Affairs Ajdeed Matouk Ajdeed attended.
According to a statement by the media office of the Prime Minister of the unity government, the meeting focused on the issue of illegal immigration and human smuggling, ways to support the efforts of the national unity government in confronting this phenomenon, and the negative consequences resulting from it, such as the phenomenon of terrorism and trade of human organs and human trafficking.
The participants pointed out the need for a real partnership and crisis management, given that migration is a sensitive issue that needs various and different solutions, such as the establishment of development projects in the source countries, as well as support for the Libyan authorities with training programs for the elements of the anti-immigration agency, and the development of the capabilities of the Libyan Coast Guard.