The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – Spain’s ambassador to Libya, Francisco de Miguel, met on Tuesday with Foreign Minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Mohamed Taher Siala, at the Foreign Ministry’s headquarters in the capital.
According to a statement by GNA’s Foreign Media Department, “The meeting reviewed the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and discussed ways of cooperation in various fields and supporting stability in Leyia, in addition to discussing the preparations for the Libyan-Spanish Joint Committee meeting.”
“During the meeting, they also discussed the Spanish ship that was anchored on the Libyan coast, with 12 illegal immigrants aboard.” the statement added.
Last weekend, around thirty migrants left the Libyan port of Khoms in an attempt to cross the Mediterranean. Their boat was approached by the Libyan Coast Guard who punctured the boat and returned 26 migrants to Libya. The other 12 jumped from the boat and began to swim towards the Spanish fishing boat named “Nuestra Madrede Loreto”.
Head of Proactiva Open Arms, Riccardo Gatti, warned the Spanish government that disembarking migrants in Libya would constitute a violation of international law.
“All the international conventions on rescue dictate that the rescued people have to be taken in the shortest possible time to a safe place, and Libya is not a safe place.” Gatti told Spanish newspaper Eldiario.