The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Libya’s Interim Government, Abdel-Hadi Al-Hwaij, received a number of members of the Libyan community in Valletta, Malta, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
Al-Hwaij welcomed the community members and thanked them for accepting the invitation to meet and hold a meeting to identify the difficulties they face. The minister stressed that all difficulties can be overcome by cooperation, communication and dialogue, as well as the exchange of information, the statement said.
The minister drew the attention of the attendees to the importance of the Libyan diaspora being connected to their home country. He also stressed the importance of the community integrating into the society in which it resides, so as to work and contribute to its stability.
He also called on the community members to form a body through which they can defend their rights, present their demands to those concerned, and have a unified voice. The minister suggested that the name of the body be “The Libyan House.”
“The Libyan House should provide services to the community, and take care of their affairs,” Al-Hwaij told the community members.
On Wednesday, a Libyan delegation headed by the Speaker of Parliament, Ageela Saleh, arrived in Malta to hold talks with the Maltese Prime Minister, Evarist Bartolo.
Malta’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the talks “will deal with the political process in Libya, and the Libyan-led dialogue.” It stressed that Malta, as a friendly neighbouring country, is committed to the “sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya.”