Libya & Iraq Discuss Prisoner Swap Agreement

Libya & Iraq Discuss Prisoner Swap Agreement
Libya & Iraq Discuss Prisoner Swap Agreement

The Minister of Justice of Libya’s Government of National Unity (GNU), Halima Ibrahim Abdel-Rahman met with her Iraqi counterpart, Khaled Shawani in Baghdad. They discussed activating a prisoner exchange agreement, and a judicial cooperation treaty.

During the meeting on the sidelines of the 39th Council of Arab Justice Ministers, both ministers deliberated on enhancing the prisoner exchange agreement and judicial cooperation between the two countries.

In March, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry expressed its desire to reopen its Embassy in Libya.

In a statement published on its website, it 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.”

In February, 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.