Bartolo to Al-Mangoush: Malta Will Open Consulates in Benghazi and Misrata – Al Marsad

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the interim Government of National Unity (GNU), Najla al-Mangoush, met on Wednesday with the Maltese Foreign and Finance Ministers, Evarist Bartolo and Clyde Caruana, in the Maltese capital of Valletta. Malta said it is already operating its embassy in Tripoli, and they are working on opening consulates in Benghazi and Misrata.

(LIBYA, 12 May 2021) – According to the media office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush, discussed with the two Maltese ministers bilateral efforts to combat irregular migration, border protection, and the importance of resuming flights between Malta and Libya in order to open the doors of trade and investment.

Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush meeting with the President of Malta, George Vella.

The two sides agreed to work to hold an economic forum between the chambers of commerce and the business council in the two countries. This effort was important, said the statement, to enhance and support bilateral cooperation in the fields of economy and trade, in addition to strengthening cooperation in the field of combating smuggling of drugs and psychotropic substances, organized crime, sea and air border control, and fuel smuggling.

The ministers also talked about the historical trade ties between the two countries, and expressed their commitment to strengthening the commercial operations of Maltese companies in Libya, and facilitate new investments that will be beneficial to Malta and Libya.

Al-Mangoush stressed the need to pay attention to the Libyan community in Malta, and urged the Maltese government to overcome the difficulties and problems faced by the Libyan community in Malta, especially its students in terms of facilitating the procedures for issuing residency and entry visas.

She called on the Maltese side to seek to resolve the issue of the two Libyan Bombardier Global 5000 executive private jets, currently in detention and owned by United Aviation Company SPA (UAC) based in Tripoli, and which are in Malta for maintenance.

The Libyan minister also urged the Maltese government to expedite setting a date for signing the Memorandum of Understanding presented by the Libyan side on customs cooperation, as well as establishing an appropriate mechanism to limit the phenomenon of smuggling of goods and drugs, and exchanging security information between the two countries, in implementation of the trade agreement signed between the two countries on 7 July 1971.

The Maltese Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo affirmed that his country will continue to work for peace and stability in Libya, and that Malta would remain open to work as a bridge between Libya and the rest of Europe to achieve security and peace in the Mediterranean and Europe.

The two Maltese ministers also confirmed the resumption of work at their embassy in Tripoli and efforts to open consulates in Benghazi and Misrata.