Libya-Greece Discuss Transportation Cooperation

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On Monday, the Undersecretary of the Libyan Ministry of Transportation and Maritime Transport, Wissam Al-Idrisi met with the Chargé d’Affairs of the Greece Embassy in Libya, Ioannis Stamatekos.

During the meeting, they discussed several areas of cooperation including in maritime transport, and aviation. As well as investment opportunities, such as port development and equipment.

The meeting was attended by the Director of the Technical Cooperation Office at the Ministry, and the International Relations Adviser.

Earlier in September, Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias received his Libyan counterpart, Najla Al-Mangoush in Athens to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral relations.

During the talks, the Greek FM reiterated the importance of holding free and fair elections in Libya as scheduled. He stressed the need for the immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces from the country. Dendias also expressed his readiness to assist in the stabilization, and reconstruction of Libya.

In turn, Al-Mangoush hailed Greece’s support for Libya’s Presidential Council and Government of National Unity (GNU). She also confirmed the depth of the existing cooperation between the two countries and discussed ways to further strengthen and develop them.

In August, Al-Mangoush held a meeting with Stamatekos, who said that the embassy will soon begin issuing visas to Libyan applicants.

Libya has been marred in conflict since the overthrow of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. In March, international mediation efforts resulted in the creation of the GNU, which is set to lead the country to elections in December.

The 2019 signing of a maritime borders agreement between Turkey and the previous government in Tripoli severely soured relations between Greece and Libya.