Malta, Turkey will help Libya to upgrade Coast Guards

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Malta and Turkey have agreed to help Libya upgrade the capabilities of the Libyan Coast Guard. This is in order to strengthen the Libyan southern borders and combat human trafficking and smuggling.

This was announced in a joint statement issued by the foreign minister of Libya, Turkey and Malta. They met in Tripoli on 6th August to discuss the latest situation in Libya and the relations of joint cooperation between the three states.

Other agreements involved the return of Maltese and Turkish companies to Libya, and the resumption of flights between the three countries. Furthermore, there was an agreement to help the development of source countries for illegal migration, as well as to set up a joint working team.

Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo expressed his gratitude to the Libyan government for its efforts to stop asylum seekers from crossing over to Europe, stating that the Libyan Coastguard stopped 2,000 people from making it to Malta this year.