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Remarks by President Donald Tusk ahead of the informal summit in Malta

European Council
  • 02/02/2017
  • 18:00
  • Statements and remarks
  • 39/17
  • Home Affairs
  • Foreign affairs & international relations
  • Institutional affairs
02/02/2017
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Preben Aamann
European Council President Spokesperson
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Good afternoon,

Our main goal for the Malta summit is to stem the flow of irregular migration from Libya to Europe. This is the only way to stop people dying in the deserts and at sea. This is also the only way to gain control over migration in Europe.

After my talks with Italian Prime Minister Gentiloni yesterday in Rome and this morning with Libyan Prime Minister Al-Sarraj on their bilateral cooperation, I can say that this goal is within our reach. I also had talks with other EU leaders, including President Hollande yesterday and Chancellor Merkel this morning, about this bilateral cooperation between Italy and Libya and we agreed on the need to support Italy in this cooperation, especially the Memorandum of Understanding which should be signed in Rome, I hope today or tonight. Europe should and will stand by Italy in sharing the responsibility.