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Libya and Egypt to Launch a Maritime Line

Libya and Egypt to Launch a Maritime Line

Two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding in energy, communication and labour fields. Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly landed at Tripoli’s Mitiga International Airport with 11 ministers today to discuss cooperation between the two countries. 

The delegation marks the first visit in a decade since the oil-rich country plunged into chaos in 2011.

The delegation included ministers of electricity and renewable energy, housing, transport, civil aviation, trade and industry, the head of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones, and several representatives of bodies concerned and investors.

Madbouly’s visit comes after an interim government took power in Libya last month to hold elections in the North African country in December after a decade of fighting and upheaval.

Libya and Egypt to Launch a Maritime Line

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi stressed in March his country’s “full and absolute support for the new executive authority in Libya in all fields and all bilateral, regional and international forums, to ensure its success in managing the current stage until elections.”

Libya has been locked in a civil war since the ouster and killing of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The situation escalated in 2014, splitting power between two rival governments: the UN-backed Government of National Accord based in the capital Tripoli and the north-eastern city of Tobruk allied with eastern-based military commander Khalifa Haftar.

Libyan Prime Minister Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah and his Egyptian counterpart Mostafa Madbouly said in a press conference that both sides agreed to resume direct flights and launch a maritime line between both countries.

Libya and Egypt to Launch a Maritime Line

Madbouly said Egypt is keen on supporting all Libyan institutions in their efforts to settle the crisis in Libya. Both countries’ officials, Madbouly added, will hold talks ahead of the signing of several memoranda of understanding meant to boost the cooperation ties in various domains.

He hinted at Egypt’s plans to establish a marine shipping line linking the Egyptian and Libyan ports and resuming flights from any Libyan city to the Cairo International Airport.

He also indicated that the Egyptian government is ready to help in establishing an Egyptian university and hospital in Libya as part of its endeavours to back development efforts there.