Merkel in Egypt to reduce migrant flows

By AFP – Mar 02,2017 – JORDAN TIMES

 

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands following a news conference at El Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday (Reuters photo)

 

CAIRO — German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks Thursday with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi on stemming illegal migration to her country, during a two-day trip that will also include Tunisia.

Turmoil exploited by people smugglers since the 2011 overthrow of Muammar Qadhafi has made Libya, which neighbours Egypt and Tunisia, the main gateway for African migrants seeking to make dangerous Mediterranean crossings.

Merkel, who faces elections in September, has been under intense pressure to reduce the number of asylum seekers coming to Germany, which has taken in over 1 million migrants since 2015.

“There are routes for illegal immigration from Libya to Germany. We have a lot of mutual concern and interest in putting an end to this,” she said at a press conference with Sisi.

“The question now is how to stop human trafficking and prevent the opening of a new route for escaping to Europe through Egypt,” she said.

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