Libya-Egypt consular committee resumes work after 8-year-halt

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Joint consular committee held 13th session in Cairo on May 4-5 to discuss visas and state entry procedures, abolishing entry fees

A joint Libyan-Egyptian consular committee has resumed work following an eight-year-halt, Libya’s Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday. 

The committee held its 13th session in the Egyptian capital Cairo on May 4-5, the ministry said in a statement.

Facilitating the processing of visas of citizens of the two countries, simplifying entry procedures and abolishing entry fees were discussed during the session, it added.

Among the main topics of the agenda were also the aspects of joint cooperation in the consular and security fields, cooperation in the judicial and social security area and fishing, financial and customs matters as well as land and air transportation.

In April, Egyptian officials announced that they had agreed with their Libyan counterparts to reopen their diplomatic missions in the capital Tripoli and second largest city of Benghazi as soon as possible.

Egypt and Libya then signed memorandums of understanding in Tripoli during an official visit by Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli — the highest Egyptian official to visit Libya since 2010, who was accompanied by 11 ministers — which included the resumption of civilian flights between the two countries.

In 2014, the Egyptian Embassy in Tripoli was closed and Egyptian flights with Tripoli were halted as fighting took place between Libya’s internationally recognized government and militias loyal to Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar, whom Egypt backed.

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