Iraq Expresses Desire to Reopen Embassy in Libya


On Thursday, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry expressed its desire to reopen its Embassy in Libya.

In a statement published on its website, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said that “the announcement of this desire came during a meeting that was conducted by an Iraqi delegation from the ministry to the Libyan capital, Tripoli.”

“The Iraqi diplomatic delegation, which was instructed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fuad Hussein to Libya completed their visit. They held a series of meetings, including with the Libyan National Security Adviser, Ibrahim Bushnaf,” it added.

The ministry explained that the delegation “referred to Iraq’s desire to reopen the Iraqi Embassy in Libya. It also expressed Iraq’s readiness to play its role in revitalising political and diplomatic work, in a way that serves the interests of the two countries, as well as providing services and consular work to the Iraqi community residing in Libya. The delegation confirmed Iraq’s support for international efforts to restore security and stability in Libya, and to adopt a political option that meets the aspirations of the Libyan people.”

Last month, the mother of an Iraqi actress who was arrested in Tripoli said that the Libyan Special Deterrence Force (SDF) was behind the “kidnapping” of her daughter, Dalia Farhood from her home.

Nahla Fayez Abdullah, said her daughter called her on Wednesday evening, and told her that she had been investigated “and nothing had been proven against her.”

“She told me that she will be referred to the prosecution the next day. Since that day, I have not heard anything. She was kidnapped, and there was no arrest warrant,” she told the Al-Arabiya Al-Hadath channel.

Abdullah added that the SDF stormed the house and searched Dalia’s room, and did not find anything. “They took Dalia, who conveyed to her father her fear of what is happening,” the mother added.

Abdullah noted that “the Iraqi Foreign Ministry contacted us and sent a telegram to the Libyan Foreign Ministry. No Libyan official contacted us to offer us any assistance in knowing the fate of my daughter,” the mother concluded.