On 24 January 2017, the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini met in Brussels with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Martin Kobler.
Federica Mogherini and Martin Kobler exchanged views on the political and security situation in Libya, and on the regional initiatives to support a political, inclusive solution in the country. They discussed the perspectives of intensifying cooperation to support such a solution which should be to the benefit of all Libyans. In this respect, they discussed EU-UN cooperation also together with that of other regional actors with a view to overcoming the obstacles to finding a negotiated outcome to the many challenges that Libya faces.
The HR/VP also updated the Special Representative on the EU’s comprehensive efforts to tackle the challenges of irregular migration along the Central Mediterranean Route, which focus on saving lives at sea and tackling traffickers and smugglers. She underlined the importance of assisting migrants, including with their protection, including by engaging with Libyan authorities and international organisations to improve the conditions of migrants inside Libya – and promoting migration governance in Libya, whilst tackling the root causes of migration.
In this regard, the HR/VP Mogherini also updated the UN Special Representative Kobler on the training of the Libyan Coast Guard by EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia.