[WATCH] Libyan Prime Minister in fleeting visit to Malta

‘Security and humane aspect of how migrants are treated in Europe and Libya’ have to be discussed, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat says

Migration is one of the issues raised in talks between Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Libyan counterpart Fayez al-Sarraj in Valletta on Wednesday morning.

Sarraj is on a scheduled fleeting visit, which coincided with the latest migrant crisis in the Mediterranean that sees 49 persons stranded at sea off the Maltese coast.

In introductory remarks, Muscat said the visit came at an appropriate time.

“We need to discuss the migration-related work we are doing and the work you are doing and how we can coordinate better… we also need to discuss the security and humane aspects of how migrants are treated in Europe and Libya,” Muscat said.

He added that the situation in Libya was one of great interest to Malta.

“We are keen to discuss the situation in Libya and foster the relationship between both countries… and determine how in a post-conflict scenario we can help Libya thrive,” Muscat said.

In his remarks, Serraj said the Libyan government wanted to discuss economic reforms and illegal migration.

The meeting continued behind closed doors and no press statements will be given afterwards.

Muscat was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne, Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela, Economy Minister Chris Cardona, Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, Home Affairs Minister Michael Farrugia and former foreign minister Alex Sciberras Trigona.

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