EU dialogue with Egypt but no 'migrant compact',Mogherini

'Hoping for future accord with others, Pakistan and Bangladesh'

EU dialogue with Egypt but no 'migrant compact',Mogherini

Brussels, October 18 - EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Tuesday that the EU was not working on a 'migration compact' with Egypt but that this did "not mean that we are not working with Egypt on migration". A 'migration compact' Italy proposed earlier this year to the European Commission and the European Council to cut migrant flows envisages a framework accord with countries of origin and transit and financial commitments. She added that dialogue on the migration issue was in any case underway with the Egyptian government as part of the Khartoum Process. The Khartoum Process focuses on the route between the Horn of Africa and the European Union (EU) and is a high level, inter-continental political process that harmonizes existing African Union (AU) and EU-led components. The aim, Mogherini noted, is to develop new 'compacts' with other countries in addition to the five brought in over the summer. "There are other countries of origin and transit where we do not have a 'compacts' yet with, but the work is continuing and we hope to achieve them in the future," she said, citing Pakistan and Bangladesh as possibilities.

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