Chinese President Confirms Desire for Cooperation with Libya

Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohamed Al-Mnifi and Chinese President Xi Jinping
Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohamed Al-Mnifi and Chinese President Xi Jinping

The Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohamed Al-Mnifi received a written message from Chinese President Xi Jinping, stressing his desire to “consolidate and deepen the relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries, for the benefit of the two friendly countries and peoples.”

Earlier this month, Al-Mnifi held a meeting with the Chinese President on the sidelines of the first China-Arab Summit, which was held in Saudi Arabia.

During the meeting, the two parties reviewed the return of Chinese companies to Libya, and to contribute to enhancing the development of Libya, according to a statement by the Presidential Council’s Media Office.

President Xi reiterated that the return of Chinese companies is closely linked to the country’s stability and security.

Al-Mnifi also stressed that “achieving stability and security requires the support of the friendly state of China, to move forward in achieving the electoral process, ending the transitional stages, and achieving comprehensive national reconciliation.”

Notably, Libya’s Oil Minister, Mohamed Aoun, recently praised the “historic” commercial and economic relations with China, saying his country has had friendly relations with all key actors in East and West.

In an interview with Libya Review in July, Aoun said that several Chinese companies entered the oil sector in Libya, and they still buy some shipments of Libyan oil.

“We are a developing country with vast lands and in need of having competitive prices. It is good for Libya to have friendly economic and commercial bilateral relations with China,” Aoun said.

He noted that several Chinese companies entered Libya during the previous regime, especially in the field of housing projects and others. “Beijing also has constructed electric power lines, so it has vast capabilities and we can benefit from it,” he explained.

“Chinese prices are reasonable when you compare them to the equipment coming from western countries. Their (Chinese) prices are very competitive and reasonable for the Libyan state,” the Minister added.

The Libyan Minister said his country is rich in natural resources and it needs companies to build plants for cement, steel, gold refining, uranium, solar power, and renewable energy. He invited Western and Eastern companies to bid for these big projects in Libya. “They can come to Libya and compete for the establishment of these projects.”