The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – Antonio Tajani, the President of the European Parliament, said Monday during a visit to Tripoli that a “blacklist” of the most prominent smugglers of immigrants should be put in place to combat human trafficking in Africa and Europe.
“A blacklist of senior smugglers should be put in place so that anti-crime agencies in Africa and Europe can cooperate in this common goal. They are terrorists, weapons smugglers, and human traffickers.” Tajani said in a press conference after meeting with the head of the Presidential Council Fayez al-Sarraj.
“If we cannot eliminate these criminal organizations, it will be very difficult to combat illegal immigration.” He added. Tajani discussed with Sarraj the importance of monitoring the southern border of Libya to limit the flow of migrants coming to the North-African country and trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea.
Tajani also said that the EU was ready to help Libya organize the upcoming elections, especially in terms of “technical preparations” and provide EU observers to ensure the smooth running of the ballot.
“It is up to Libya to decide the date of the elections, not us,” he said, without referring to the Paris meeting results.