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The EU began training Libya's coastguard two years ago, but had to suspend activities due to the security situation (Photo: eeas.europa.eu)

EU signs deal to train Libya coastguard

EU navies are to start training the Libyan coastguard in a bid to curb migration from the divided north African nation.

The agreement was signed in Rome on Tuesday (23 August) by Italian rear admiral Enrico Credendino, who heads the EU’s anti-smuggler operation, Sophia, and by Libyan commodore Abdalh Toumia, who runs the country’s coastguard on behalf of the Government of National Accord (GNA), its UN-backed authority.

The training programme is to start on one of Sophia’s vessel...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

The EU began training Libya's coastguard two years ago, but had to suspend activities due to the security situation (Photo: eeas.europa.eu)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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