Malta calls for strong EU support to Libya amid fighting and COVID-19 threat

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Malta calls for strong EU support to Libya amid fighting and COVID-19 threat

April 05, 2020 - 20:49
Written by: NewsDesk

Maltese Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo. Photo Maltese MOFA

Maltese Minister of Foreign Affairs Evarist Bartolo, has called on EU countries to help Libya where fighting is undermining the country’s ability to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, while also contributing to a higher risk of a spike in irregular migration

During the video-conference of EU ministers of foreign affairs, Minister Bartolo underscored the importance of an early deployment of the recently launched Operation IRINI.

Earlier, President of Malta, George Vella  that Operation IRINI should not be limited to monitoring the sea route only while ignoring the shipments of weapons via the land and air borders.