DOHA, Qatar- The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, on Sunday, ordered to set up a fund of 20 million U.S. dollars, to evacuate African immigrants in Libya, to their home countries.
The fund, which will be under the auspices of the African Union (AU), should cover the costs of sending illegal African immigrants from Libya, back to their original countries.
The Qatari ruler's decision coincided with a visit by the AU Commission Chairman, Moussa Faki, to Doha.
The two sides reviewed cooperation between Qatar and the AU, in several fields, as well as, issues of mutual interest.
Faki thanked Sheikh Tamim for Qatar's continuous support for the development projects in Africa, particularly the initiative to establish the latest fund.
Libya is one of the largest hubs for the transit of illegal immigrants headed for Europe, via the country's coasts.
Refugee centres in Libya are crowded with thousands of immigrants, rescued in the high seas or arrested inside the country, by Libyan security agencies.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), announced in Dec, 2018, that, it sent more than 16,000 immigrants back home from Libya in 2018, compared to nearly 20,000 in 2017.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK