Libya warns it could flood Europe with migrants if EU does not recognise new Islamist government

Islamists who took power in Tripoli issue veiled threat in response to West’s refusal to accept their legitimacy

Libya has issued a veiled threat to send “hundreds of thousands” of extra migrants to Europe if Brussels does not give official recognition to its self-declared Islamist government.

Officials say they could hire boats to send large numbers of African migrants across the Mediterranean, massively adding to the numbers already reaching Europe’s borders.

The warning was made by a spokesman for Libya’s General National Congress in an interview with The Telegraph in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

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