The European Union should provide assistance to Libya so that the country could protect its borders against illegal migration, the foreign minister said in a video published on Facebook on Monday.
Péter Szijjártó met his Libyan counterpart in Luxembourg, and said after the talks that Libya had become a transit country for “tens and hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants heading for Europe”.
Concerning Libya’s upcoming general elections, Szijjártó said the elections offered a “chance for stability and peace”. The minister criticized “various NGOs and so-called human rights groups” that he said were “trying to prevent the Libyan government from fighting illegal migration”.
Szijjártó noted that the Visegrad Group had offered a donation of 35 million euros in 2017 to reinforce Libya’s coast guard but suggested that the funds were delayed “because of Brussels”.
“The European Union should put together a serious financial package to promote controls along the southern borders of Libya,” Szijjártó said.
Featured photo illustration via Péter Szijjártó’s Facebook page