The Prime Minister spoke to Prime Minister Renzi of Italy and Prime Minister Muscat of Malta today about the tragic loss of life in the Mediterranean in recent days. The Prime Minister agreed that the EU needed to respond urgently to address the crisis to try to prevent further deaths. All three leaders agreed that the criminal networks behind human traffickers were primarily to blame for this tragedy, and that the highest priority had to be action to disrupt their activities.
The Prime Minister stressed the need for a comprehensive approach to the crisis, which included action to stabilise migrants’ home countries, and using all the tools at our disposal to go after the human traffickers. He agreed with both Prime Ministers Renzi and Muscat that the establishment of a National Unity Government in Libya was essential for a sustainable solution. The leaders welcomed today’s urgent meeting of Foreign and Interior Ministers in Luxembourg, and the Prime Minister backed Prime Minister Renzi’s call for an emergency European Council.’