The High Representative for Security and Foreign Policy in the European Union (EU), Josep Borrell, said that the only way to manage the problem of the movement of illegal immigrants to Malta was to address the present crisis in Libya.

Borrell met the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta on Tuesday evening, when he reaffirmed the EU’s support for the Libyan authorities and the strengthening of the Coast Guard’s capabilities to control its borders.

He also noted that the Operation IRINI teams would continue their mission, adding that the Libyans should be capable of implementing rescue operations in their territorial waters.