Libya and Italy have agreed to form a joint operations chamber that will be tasked with information exchange regarding illegal immigrants.
According to the MoU, Italy should help Libya’s GNA to control its southern borders and provide it with the surveillance system that agreed upon by the two countries in 2012.
Libya’s coast guard said Saturday it intercepted more than 400 African migrants attempting to reach Europe, a day after EU leaders agreed on moves to curb mass migration from the country.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has hailed on Wednesday the efforts of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez Al-Sarraj, noting that NATO is ready to help build Libyan military, defence and intelligence capabilities “if requested”.
The spokesman of the Libyan Navy Forces, Colonel Ayoub Qasim, said that the implementation of the second phase of the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed on August 26 last year with the EU to train Libyan coastguards will soon begin.
The European Union said Monday that the second phase of the training of Libyan coastguards had started as part of Operation Sophia that aims to bring down the human traffickers off Libya’s coasts.
A Libyan coastguard vessel was reportedly shot at from the shore by people-smugglers as it intercepted 700 migrants off Sabratha.
Any deal with Libya to control migration similar to that reached with Turkey cannot be signed until a semblance of political stability has returned to the country, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today.
The EU could soon step up training and equipping Libya’s coast guard to crack down on refugee smuggling in the north African nation’s waters, according to an EU proposal seen by AFP on Saturday.
The European Union needs to reach a deal with Libya to curb the flow of migrants trying to sail on smugglers’ boats to Italy, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Wednesday.