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EU remains committed to wide-ranging cooperation with Libya, Mogherini says

02/02/2017 - 18:51
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The European Union remains committed to cooperating with Libya on a full range of issues, including security, economic and social opportunities, as well as migration, High Representative Federica Mogherini said today.

“The work we are doing together is aimed, in particular, at this: offering a secure country and from the field of education, health, services, trying to deliver for the Libyans in Libya,” she said after her meeting in Brussels with Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj, Chairman of the Presidency Council and Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord of Libya, on the eve of the informal European Council in Malta. 

The High Representative also discussed EU-Libya cooperation on migration with the Prime Minister, ahead of Friday’s informal meeting of EU leaders in Malta, which will focus on the challenges of migration. Mogherini underlined that migration was just one side of the EU-Libya partnership: “The most important one is the one on the political governance of Libya, on the security of the citizens and on the economic and social situation in the country.”

“On migration, we have a good cooperation based on the work we are doing in particular for the training of the Libyan coastguards and navy with [EUNAVFOR MED] Operation Sophia, which is going very well and that would allow the Libyan authorities to control more effectively – not only for migration purposes but also for security purposes – their territorial waters.”

In all fields of work, she explained, the EU’s approach is “of partnership, respect and empowering, supporting as much as possible, the Libyan authorities to exercise full sovereignty and control of their country”.

On Monday, the High Representative will chair a discussion among the 28 EU foreign ministers on the situation in Libya.