EU extends anti-migrant-smuggling mission Sophia by 6 months

The European Union agreed on Thursday to extend its anti-migrant-smuggling mission Sophia along the Libyan coast by six months, but still without naval support, news wires reported.

The decision taken by EU member states representatives on the Political and Security Committee (PSC) in Brussels must be officially signed off on by their respective governments. Operation Sophia ended its naval patrols in the Mediterranean in March due to disagreements on how rescued migrants should be divided between EU member states.

The EU mission, which launched in 2015, still offers air support and training to the Libyan coastguard. It's also meant to enforce a weapons embargo on the conflict-ridden North African country.

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