Egypt to Reopen Embassy in Tripoli

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) said that the Egyptian delegation which visited Tripoli on Sunday promised to reopen the Egyptian Embassy in Tripoli, as soon as possible.

On Sunday, the Egyptian delegation, which included the Deputy Head of Intelligence and the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with the GNA’s Foreign Minister, Mohamed Siala.

This was the first major visit by senior Egyptian officials to Tripoli since 2014. It comes a few weeks after the visit of the GNA’s Interior Minister, Fathi Bashagha, to Cairo.

The GNA’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the two sides reviewed cooperation agreements and agreed to further develop them. It added that the meeting also discussed the resumption of flights from Tripoli to Cairo.

On Friday, the Turkish Defence Minister made a surprise visit to Tripoli. This follows a speech made by the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, urging citizens to drive out Turkish forces from the oil-rich country.