Libya-Italy Discuss Granting Visas to Citizens

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The Libyan Ambassador to Italy, Omar Al-Tarhouni, discussed ways to facilitate the granting of visas to citizens of the two countries, with Italian officials. They also discussed expediting the procedures for Libyan diplomats as they work in diplomatic missions in Italy.

The meeting also touched upon the procedures for facilitating the granting of medical visas to those injured and seeking treatment. They reviewed procedures for facilitating the process for urgent cases that arrive in Italy by air ambulance.

Last week, the Libyan Minister of Industry, Ahmed Abu Hessa, discussed bilateral cooperation, with the Italy Ambassador to Libya, Giuseppe Buccino.

Abu Hessa pointed out that the situation in Libya is witnessing remarkable stability. He requested Buccino to encourage Italian companies to return to Libya. He also called on Italy to hold training courses for Libyan students in the field of industrial technology.

Ambassador Buccino noted that a delegation of Italian companies intend to visit Libya soon.

In April, Italian Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio, said that Libya needs the support of Italian companies for investment and reconstruction.

“Libya now has a unified government that has told us that they have money from oil revenues, and want Italian companies to build highways, airports, and invest,” Di Maio said according to the Italian news agency Nova.

Libyan Prime Minister, Abdelhamid Al-Dbaiba stated at the plenary session of the Italian-Libyan business forum in May that, “it was a tough decade and we need the support of Italy and all countries. Italy and Libya have always cooperated historically, Eni is one of our largest oil partners.”

“Our goal is to increase the trade exchange between the two countries. We need to rebuild schools, hospitals, and critical infrastructure. We want to return to the production of 3-4 million barrels a day and re-launch sectors of the economy. Of course, the best partner is Italy. We also believe that the support that Italy and the European Union provide for the management of illegal migration is very important,” the Prime Minister noted.