EU foreign ministers to discuss repatriation of tourists stranded by Covid-19 pandemic

  • 2020-03-23
  • LETA/DPA/TBT Staff

BRUSSELS - Foreign ministers from European Union member states are to meet on Monday to discuss repatriation efforts for hundreds of thousands of EU citizens who are stranded abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The meeting, which is to be held as a video conference, will also address the geopolitical effects of the spread of the virus.

Attempts to counter the rapid spread of the deadly Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, have overshadowed other diplomatic efforts in Syria and Libya, among others. 

Josep Borrell, the EU's foreign affairs representative, said efforts are currently focused on fighting the virus. 

Last Friday, Borrell said that there were some 100,000 EU citizens registered as trapped in countries outside the bloc, but that their actual number more be around 300,000.

Nonetheless, the meeting on Monday will also address the EU's planned mission to enforce the UN's weapons embargo in Libya.