EU holds ceremoney for finishing the training of first batch of Libyan coastguards

The EU Operation Sophia has held a ceremony onboard Saint Georgio Warship in the open sea to celebrate the end of the training of the first batch of Libyan coastguards.

The first batch contains over 70 coastguards and they have been on the EU-sponsored programme for over three months.

The finish line ceremony was attended by the Commander of Libyan Coast Guard, Abdullah Tumiya, the Maltese Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, and the EU Minister for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini as well as the Italian Foreign Minister, Roberts Pinotti.

Meanwhile, the second batch of the Libyan coastguards started the training programme, which is a continuation of the first one under the auspices of the EU, aiming at improving the skills of the Libyan Coast Guard to be able to cut off the flow of immigrants to Europe via Libyan waters.

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