The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Libya, Mohammed Ali Al Shamsi held a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Kanaan Yilmaz. This was to discuss ways to enhance bilateral cooperation.
The UAE Embassy tweeted that the two diplomats exchanged views on issues of common concern.
On Wednesday, the Prime Minister of Libya’s Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba received Al Shamsi, who conveyed the greetings of the President of the UAE to Dbaiba. Al Shamsi stressed Abu Dhabi’s desire to develop economic and trade relations with Libya.
The Ambassador also affirmed his support for the latest UN initiative presented by the UN Envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily to hold elections as soon as possible.
According to a statement, Al Shamsi confirmed that “all procedures related to the issuance of travel visas for Libyan citizens, and the opening of airspace between Libya and the UAE are completed.” He added that the Emirati Embassy is “set to resume its work from Tripoli and facilitate the granting of travel visas to Libyans directly.”
Notably, Al Shamsi also met with Libyan Foreign Minister, Najla Al-Mangoush, the Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohamed Al-Mnifi, and Bathily over the last two days to discuss the latest political developments in the country.
In February, the UAE Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Security Council, Mohamed Abushahab said that he supports Bathily’s proposal to establish a High-level steering panel for Libya.
During his speech at the Security Council’s Libya session, he said: “We hope that this proposal will achieve the goals and consensus sought by the Libyans.
For these steps to succeed and translate into action on the ground, the international community must show collective support, free from geopolitical tension. It also requires full cooperation from the Libyan people.”
Meanwhile, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Monday that Ankara and Cairo agreed to continue joint coordination and consultations for the stability of Libya.
This comes in press remarks following his landmark visit over the weekend to Cairo where he met with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry to discuss bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues on Saturday.
“We discussed Libya in a little more detail. We agree we are not rivals in Libya and that we should work together for the stability of Libya. We will intensify our consultations on this issue as well,” he noted.