V4 to help bolster Libyan coast guard

The Visegrad Group (V4) countries are spending 35 million euros in North Africa to strengthen the Libyan coast guard with a view to halting illegal migration to Europe, a government official said late on Tuesday.

Szabolcs Takacs, state secretary of EU Affairs, met Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini after a Hungarian embassy reception in Rome commemorating the October 23 national holiday. He underlined Hungary’s solidarity with Italy and its support for Rome in its fight against illegal migration.

“We share the Italian government’s view that illegal migrants heading to Europe must be stopped at the African coast,”

he said.

Italy has financially supported the Libyan coast guard and measures to counteract people trafficking, he noted, adding that the V4 wants to contribute to these efforts. By banning ships transporting migrants, Italy has shown that maritime illegal migration can be stopped, he said, adding that Salvini’s migration policy was an example of how illegal migration does not have to be accepted or simply managed.

“We concur that if we stop illegal migration outside Europe, there’s no need for an internal debate in Europe,” Takacs said.

Source and photo: MTI

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