Libya and Ethiopia resume cooperation efforts after a 20-year hiatus

The Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdulhamid Dbeiba, and his accompanying delegation discussed with his Ethiopian counterpart, Abiy Ahmed, in an expanded meeting at the presidential palace in the capital, Addis Ababa, ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries in various fields.

Abiy Ahmed welcomed Dbeiba’s visit, considering it an important step for the return of cooperation between the two countries after a hiatus that lasted more than twenty years.

The two sides discussed the reactivation of the Libyan-Ethiopian Supreme Committee, which has not held its meetings since 2004, with the aim of enhancing cooperation between the various institutions in the two countries.

The expanded meeting took place in the presence of the Ministers of Finance, Transportation, Youth, Labor, Rehabilitation, and State for Cabinet Affairs from the Libyan side, and the Ministers of Labour, Irrigation, Water Resources, Infrastructure, Construction, Foreign Affairs, and the Advisor to the Prime Minister from the Ethiopian side.

The meeting discussed several files, most notably: Ethiopian expatriate workers in Libya, the return of Ethiopian Airlines to work in Libya, Libyan loans granted to Ethiopia and scheduling their repayment, and investment opportunities in the fields of agriculture and animal production.

from his side; Dbeiba stressed Libya’s desire to return to cooperation in all political, economic and security fields through consultation and communication between the two governments, and coordination on various regional issues of common interest.


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