Libya's Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj (L) is welcomed by European Council President Donald Tusk at the European Council in Brussels on February 2, 2017. / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND
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Shutting the migrant smuggling route from Libya to Europe is "within our reach", EU chief Donald Tusk said Thursday, arguing that doing so would be in both sides' interest.Flanked by Libya's U.N.-backed leader Fayez al-Sarraj in Brussels, Tusk said he would propose extra "concrete and operational measures" to curb migrant flows when European Union leaders meet in Malta Friday.The EU has begun training and equipping Libya's coastguard to crack down on the smugglers and its leaders are expected Friday to examine a proposal to release new funds for the training program as well as for U.N. agencies that can help the Libyans look after the migrants.
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