“I think I am right in saying we have turned back about 200,000 migrants,” Mr Johnson said, before a nearby diplomat hastily corrected him.
“Sorry, saved, saved. Thank you. We have saved 200,000 migrants and turned back 240 boats.”
It is illegal to turn back migrant boats once they reach international waters and a UN-backed government in Libya has not invited European ships into its territorial waters, saying this would undermine its own state-building efforts.