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Posted – 13th May 2021

Libya and Malta have agreed to hold an economic forum between the chambers of commerce and businessmen councils in the two countries “to enhance and support bilateral cooperation in the fields of economy and trade,” the Libyan Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

This was agreed when Libyan Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush on Tuesday met with Maltese Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo and Finance Minister Clyde Caruana in Malta’s capital Valletta, the ministry said in a statement.

The Libyan foreign minister discussed with the two Maltese ministers “combating illegal migration, border control, and the importance of resuming flights between Malta and Libya, with the aim of promoting trade and investment,” it said.

They also agreed to strengthen cooperation in combating smuggling of drug and psychotropic substances, organized crime, sea and air border control, and fuel smuggling, according to the statement.

Meanwhile, al-Mangoush urged the Maltese government to help solve the problems facing the Libyan community in Malta, especially by facilitating procedures of issuing entry visas to Malta for Libyans, the ministry said.

The Libyan foreign minister also urged the Maltese government to speed up setting a date for signing the Memorandum of Understanding presented by the Libyan side on customs cooperation, as well as creating a mechanism to control smuggling of goods and drugs, among others.

“The Maltese Foreign Minister confirmed that his country will continue to work for peace and stability in Libya, so that it can enjoy its wealth, pointing out that Malta would remain open to act as a bridge between Libya and the rest of Europe to achieve security and peace in the Mediterranean and Europe,” the statement said.

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