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Western Mediterranean foreign ministers meet in Marseille

  • France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault , left, accompanied by Morocco's Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, gestures as he speaks with medias during a press conference at the end of the Mediterranean Summit , at the Villa Mediterranee in Marseille, southern France, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. France is hosting an international summit of foreign ministers from countries near the western Mediterranean Sea that is expected to discuss the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria along with other topics of mutual interest. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault , left, accompanied by Morocco's Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, gestures as he speaks with medias during a press conference at the end of the Mediterranean Summit , at the Villa Mediterranee in Marseille, southern France, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. France is hosting an international summit of foreign ministers from countries near the western Mediterranean Sea that is expected to discuss the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria along with other topics of mutual interest. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)  (The Associated Press)

  • France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, left, and Morocco's Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, arrive at a press conference at the end of the Mediterranean Summit, at the Villa Mediterranee in Marseille, southern France, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. France is hosting an international summit of foreign ministers from countries near the western Mediterranean Sea that is expected to discuss the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria along with other topics of mutual interest. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, left, and Morocco's Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, arrive at a press conference at the end of the Mediterranean Summit, at the Villa Mediterranee in Marseille, southern France, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. France is hosting an international summit of foreign ministers from countries near the western Mediterranean Sea that is expected to discuss the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria along with other topics of mutual interest. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)  (The Associated Press)

  • French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault , left, welcomes Algeria's International Cooperation minister Ramtane Lamamra during a Mediterranean Summit 5+5, at the Villa Mediterranee in Marseille, southern France, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. France is hosting an international summit of foreign ministers from countries near the western Mediterranean Sea that is expected to discuss the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and elsewhere, radicalization, as well as migration. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault , left, welcomes Algeria's International Cooperation minister Ramtane Lamamra during a Mediterranean Summit 5+5, at the Villa Mediterranee in Marseille, southern France, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. France is hosting an international summit of foreign ministers from countries near the western Mediterranean Sea that is expected to discuss the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and elsewhere, radicalization, as well as migration. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)  (The Associated Press)

France is hosting an international summit of foreign ministers from countries near the western Mediterranean Sea that is expected to discuss the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and elsewhere, radicalization, as well as migration.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault is chairing the Friday meeting in the port city of Marseille along with his Moroccan counterpart Salaheddine Mezouar.

Ayrault told newspaper "La Provence" the meeting will highlight the fight against human and arms traffickers who exploit migrants crossing by sea from Libya to Europe following an agreement that clamps down on illegal immigration to Greece, another entry-point to the continent.

The meeting involves ministers from France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Malta, as well as Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Mauritania in North Africa.