Trump suggested Sahara wall to stem migrants: Madrid

Closing ports is not a solution, and neither is building a wall along the Sahara, says Spain's foreign minister

Afp September 20, 2018
Closing ports nor building a wall is a solution like President Trump suggests says Spain's Foreign Minister. PHOTO AFP

MADRID: Spain's foreign minister revealed that US President Donald Trump suggested building a wall along the Sahara desert to stem the arrival of migrants, as he plans to do on the Mexican border.

"Closing ports is not a solution, and neither is building a wall along the Sahara like President Trump suggested to me recently," Josep Borrell told a lunchtime gathering this week, according to a video released by Spanish media.

"'Just build a wall that borders the Sahara'," he quoted Trump as telling him.

"'But do you know how big the Sahara is?'," the minister responded.

He did not give any further details.

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The reported comments come as EU leaders are locked in talks in Salzburg over how to deal with the number of migrants arriving in Europe.

Spain is at the frontline of this issue, having overtaken Italy to become the number one point of entry for migrants coming to Europe by sea or by land from Africa.

Many of these cross the Sahara to Morocco and on to Spain across the Mediterranean or over two high fences into the Spanish overseas territories of Ceuta and Melilla in northern Morocco.

Trump's proposed wall along the US-Mexico border, which spans 3,200 kilometres (2,000 miles), could cost up to $20 billion (17 billion euros) according to some estimates.

The Sahara desert, meanwhile, spans all of northern Africa from the Red Sea in the east to the Atlantic Ocean in the west, or close to 5,000 kilometres.


cuban | 3 years ago | Reply Maybe he should focus on building his own infamous USA/Mexico wall? From what I have read he hasn't been able to get Congress to provide funding and chances of getting funding for the wall anytime soon is nil.
Bunny Rabbit | 3 years ago | Reply O yeah. I had totally forgotten. Its been a whole two years since DT became President .what is the latest update on the wall on the Mexican border ?
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