The government of Ethiopia says it is in the process of making arrangements to repatriate its citizens in Libya, the state-owned ENA portal has reported.

Meles Alem, spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry says through the Ethiopian embassy in Cairo, Egypt; the authorities have located nationals stranded in the north African country.

Repatriation of black Africans from the country has been on the international news agenda after an investigative piece by United States-based channel CNN showed a slavery market where migrants were being sold for $400.

Ethiopia despite its economic successes has been identified as a key source of migrant population trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean. Along with neighbours Eritrea and Somalia, they continue to dominate figures released by UN bodies and other aid agencies.