EU seeks partnership with third countries to tackle migration crisis

BRUSSELS, June 7 (KUNA) — The European Commission unveiled plans Tuesday to foster partnerships with key third countries to deal with the migration problem depending on whether they are a country of origin, country of transit or a country hosting many migrants.
In the short term the EU said in a statement that it will propose to sign agreements with Jordan and Lebanon and take steps to agree further ones with Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali and Ethiopia. The 28-member European bloc also intends to increase engagement with Tunisia and Libya to stem the flow of migrants to Europe.
EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said in a press statement that “millions of people are on the move worldwide and we can only manage this if we act globally, in full partnership.” “For this reason, we are proposing a new approach for strong partnerships with key countries. Our goal, while staying focused on saving lives at sea and dismantling smugglers’ networks, is to support the countries that host so many people,” she added. (end) nk.rk