The French defense ministry has announced that it will be giving six equipped boats to the Libyan coast guard. The ships are supposed to assist Libya's efforts to curb clandestine migration, the ministry said.
France will be purchasing six boats and delivering them to Libya to help the country's efforts against clandestine migration, the defense ministry has confirmed last Thursday.
France's pledge to provide the high-speed vessels to help Libya deal with irregular migrant flows towards Italy and Europe was given on February 17 during a meeting between the French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly and Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj on the sidelines of a security conference in Munich.
To be delivered this spring
Parly has announced that France will start delivering the boats in the spring. The boats, produced by the French group Sillinger, will be purchased by the French state and then delivered to Libya.
MSF expresses concern
The non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) expressed concern about the move in a tweet. It noted that France has criticized human rights violations in Libya but that it is nonetheless donating more means to the Libyan navy to take people trying to flee the country's detention centers back to them.