EU agrees to expand Mediterranean mission, train Libyan coastguard

EU foreign ministers have agreed to expand the bloc's anti-migrant smuggling operation in the Mediterranean Sea, taking on the additional tasks of training Libya's coastguard and helping to enforce a UN arms embargo on the country.

The ministers say the move is necessary "to disrupt the business model of human smugglers and trafficking networks and to contribute to broader security in support of the legitimate Libyan authorities."

A further decision will be needed for the operation to begin its new tasks. Preparation for this is to begin immediately.

Libya had also asked for EU help in training its security services to fight the Islamic State extremist groups, but Germany rejected the move, diplomats said.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49

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