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Flights between Malta and Libya to resume

The Maltese and Libyan transport ministries have signed an agreement today, aimed at resuming flights between the two countries, according to Libyan Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbiebah.

Following a long meeting between cabinet members, both Maltese and Libyan, Dbiebah revealed that the two governments agreed on a number of projects to increase bilateral collaboration.

“The most important [thing we agreed on] is to increase the dimension of common bilateral investments. [For example], the creation of a number of committees to facilitate the issuing of permissions,” said the Libyan Prime Minister. He also added that their respective transport ministers signed a special agreement aimed at resuming flights between the two countries, saying: “the flights could reach other Libyan airports, with full respect towards aviation protocol.”

He said that the respective defence ministers agreed to resolve several issues faced by the Libyan community in Malta and also discussed issues of smuggling and migration, amongst other things.

Robert Abela (left) and Abdulhamid Dbiebah (right)

“I’m happy with this positive atmosphere of mutual trust and friendship. This meeting was very fruitful, we went farther than expected.”

Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela said that he was satisfied that Dbiebah chose Malta to be one of his first official visits as Libya’s unity prime minister. He added that the two countries must look at new sectors that can be developed together, so that Maltese and Libyan communities can collaborate and build on these opportunities.

Abela recalled how Malta reopened its embassy in Tripoli and is again processing visa applications, while further discussions are underway on air connectivity and other modes of transport.