The Address | Benghazi – Libya
MALTA – The European Union’s High Representative for Security and Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, said that controlling the problem of the flow of migrants to Malta begins with addressing the crisis in Libya.
Borrell met on Tuesday evening with the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Malta, where he confirmed the EU’s continued support to the Libyan authorities and the enhancement of the Coast Guard’s capabilities to control its borders, according to the Italian Aki News.
Borrell pointed to the continuation of the European Irini mission, adding that “the Libyans should be able to implement rescue operations in their territorial waters.”
He stressed the need for a permanent and comprehensive solution in Libya under the auspices of the United Nations and in the framework of the Berlin process, assuring officials in Malta that the Union stood with them as they faced an unprecedented flow of migrants to their ports.
“We continue to work in the short term to solve the problem, but we also need a long-term solution,” Borrell added.
It is noteworthy that Borrell visited two days ago Turkey to discuss the implications of the migration file, the Libyan crisis, and excavations in the Eastern Mediterranean.