EU mulls over sending “security mission” to Libya, awaits Serraj government’s request

© AFP 2016/ Fethi Belaid
© AFP 2016/ Fethi Belaid

EU security experts could be sent to Libya to train security forces and improve border controls, the official said, although concrete preparations for the mission would start only after Libyan authorities formally request it.

Once such a request is received, it could take a few weeks for the EU experts to be deployed, the official added.

In a letter sent to EU foreign ministers in March, the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged them to consider “the possibility of setting up a team of ‘deployable experts’ on migration and security issues”.

EU defense and foreign affairs ministers will hold a joint meeting focused on Libya on April 18 in Luxembourg.

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