Trump Urged Spain to Build Wall Across Sahara

Josep Borrell

US President Donald Trump has advised Spain to build a wall across the Sahara desert to keep out migrants, according to the Spanish foreign minister.

Josep Borrell says the president suggested building a wall across the Sahara desert, even though only two small enclaves in the region are Spanish territory, the Telegraph.

Filling almost all of North Africa, the Sahara measures approximately 3,000 miles from east to west, according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Borrell mentioned Trump's Saharan solution - in which Spain and other European countries would apparently have to construct the barrier on foreign soil - during a lunch in Madrid organized by the cultural association Club Siglo XXI.

Spanish diplomats, however, pointed out that the Sahara Desert stretched for 3,000 miles.

The conversation between the two politicians is believed to have taken place when Mr Borrell visited the States with the king and queen of Spain in June.

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A spokesman for the Spanish Foreign Ministry confirmed to Borrell's comments to CNN but said the ministry had no further comment in relation to the minister's remarks.

Since the start of 2018, more than 38,000 migrants have arrived in Spain, mostly by sea.

That figure represents 43% of all irregular arrivals via the Mediterranean this year, the IOM said - putting Spain ahead of Italy and Greece, also popular destinations for migrants arriving by sea.

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.

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