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Malta: EU leaders agree to halt refugee influx from Libya02:34

Malta: EU leaders agree to halt refugee influx from Libya

Malta, Valletta
February 3, 2017 at 16:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

SOT, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission (English): "It's possessive."

Tusk: "Possessive, but you know, in such a company I can accept also this possessive[inaudible]."

SOT, Joseph Muscat, Maltese Prime Minister (English): "And the new council built the 'Tusk Tower'"

EU leaders announced a plan to halt the flow of migrants smuggled from Libya towards Europe, insisting the approach would save lives, in a press conference in Valletta, Friday.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk stated that the EU will “train, equip and support the Libyan Coast Guard to stop peoples' smugglers and increase search and rescue operations.” He added that “we have also decided to support member states' bilateral activities directly engaged with Libya,” citing a memo of understanding signed by Italian and Libyan Prime Ministers in Rome on Thursday as “important and encouraging sign that things are about to change for the better.”

When asked on whether Tusk got support from other EU leaders on the recent memo where he labelled US President Donald Trump's administration as a one of the biggest threats to the bloc, Tusk said that “maybe the best evidence that we are together in this context was the fact that the some of our colleagues built a new nickname for me spontaneously, which is ‘Our Donald’, compared to the new President of the United States.”

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SOT, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission (English): "It's possessive."

Tusk: "Possessive, but you know, in such a company I can accept also this possessive[inaudible]."

SOT, Joseph Muscat, Maltese Prime Minister (English): "And the new council built the 'Tusk Tower'"

EU leaders announced a plan to halt the flow of migrants smuggled from Libya towards Europe, insisting the approach would save lives, in a press conference in Valletta, Friday.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk stated that the EU will “train, equip and support the Libyan Coast Guard to stop peoples' smugglers and increase search and rescue operations.” He added that “we have also decided to support member states' bilateral activities directly engaged with Libya,” citing a memo of understanding signed by Italian and Libyan Prime Ministers in Rome on Thursday as “important and encouraging sign that things are about to change for the better.”

When asked on whether Tusk got support from other EU leaders on the recent memo where he labelled US President Donald Trump's administration as a one of the biggest threats to the bloc, Tusk said that “maybe the best evidence that we are together in this context was the fact that the some of our colleagues built a new nickname for me spontaneously, which is ‘Our Donald’, compared to the new President of the United States.”