Dbaiba and Abela Discuss Opening Areas of Cooperation Between Libya and Malta – Al Marsad

Prime Minister of the interim Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdul Hamid Dbaiba, received on Monday the Prime Minister of Malta, Robert Abela, and discussed developing bilateral ties between Libya and Malta.

(Libya, 6 April 2021) – According to the GNU’s information office, the Libyan and Maltese discussions took place in the presence of the Maltese Interior and Foreign Ministers. During the meeting they addressed several files of concern to both countries.

At the joint press conference, Dbaiba confirmed the depth of bilateral relations and cooperation in all fields between the two countries, and explained that the GNU will work to strengthen these relations in the interests of the two friendly nations.

Dbaiba also said that Malta has played an important role in resolving the Libyan conflict by organizing several meetings between the Libyan parties.

He added that the two countries are working to open areas of cooperation at the bilateral and regional level, particularly on trade and the resumption of commercial air traffic, in addition to strengthening the diplomatic presence to provide consular services. They discussed the issuing of visa within Libya, facilitating the procedures of Libyan citizens residing in Malta, normalising banking activity between Libyan and Maltese banks, and other common services that serve the interests of both countries.

For his part, during the press conference, the Maltese Prime Minister Abela invited Dbaiba to visit Malta, and stressed the depth of relations between the two countries.

He pointed to the joint cooperation that took place between the two countries in confronting COVID-19, in addition to combating crime.

Abela announced the return of air-traffic between the two countries during the coming period. He expressed his happiness with the resumption of the work of his country’s embassy in Tripoli in the coming days, which he said would serve as a bridge to communicate with Libyan citizens.

He continued that his government looks forward to strengthening relations and mutual cooperation between the two countries during the coming period, stressing the continued full support of Libya in many fields, especially economic and security.

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior Affairs, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and the Libyan Ambassador to Malta participated in the reception ceremony, which took place at the Cabinet headquarters.