Al-Sirraj at European summit: No migrants resettlement in Libya
The Head of the UN-proposed government's Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj, has stated that Libya's never-changing policy is opposed to any efforts aiming at resettling illegal migrants in the country.
In his speech at the Paris-held European migration summit, Al-Sirraj said that Libya is like Europe a victim of the issue, saying Libya is tolerating huge burdens that have so far troubled its budgets.
"Libya's coastguards and border guards have no equipment to combat the armed smuggling networks because Libya is banned from importing weapons." Al-Sirraj indicated.
He added that Libya sees that the solution lies in providing economic support for the immigration source countries so that their nationals would need not make the perilous sea journey to Europe, saying that he welcomes Chad and Niger's attendance at the summit in the hope that a common ground will be reached to help secure the joint borders soon.
"I welcome the efforts of France, Italy and Germany and their readiness to provide support for securing the southern borders in the country, which is the main source for the influx of illegal immigrants." Al-Sirraj remarked, saying the support should not focus on northern borders only.
Al-Sirraj also warned of the growing issue of the trapped migrants in Libya, urging for providing them with humanitarian assistance until they are repatriated to their countries of origin, adding that his government is giving the migrants the needed support at the level of its capacity.
"The solution to the issue is stability in Libya and then Libya can secure its borders on its own." Al-Sirraj explained.
The Paris-held summit included French President Emmanuel Macron, The Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy as well as the EU High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.
The summit was also attended by Chad and Niger's presidents, whose countries are directly related to the issue of illegal immigration along with Libya.