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Malta, Libya agree to facilitate trade, fight human trafficking

ROME

Malta and Libya on Friday agreed to fight human trafficking, facilitate trade, and resume flights between the 2 countries.

Malta’s Prime Minister Robert Abela and his Libyan counterpart Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh discussed issues concerning irregular migration, health, and economy during a meeting within the Maltese capital Valetta.

In a press conference following the meeting, the 2 leaders said that they need to agree on reciprocally facilitating trade and business opportunities in their countries.

Abela said Malta is prepared to assist ensure stability and peace in Libya.

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Recalling that the 2 countries have cooperated within the fields of health and energy for years, he said the cooperation continues on border checks, and against migration and arranged crimes.

Abela noted that Malta has opened its embassy within the Libyan capital Tripoli and began to process visa applications.

For his part, Dbeibeh said the 2 countries decide to cooperate on regional and national security aiming at protecting the interests of both countries.

Noting that the meeting involved discussions on joint bilateral investments, he said joint committees are going to be established to facilitate possible foreign investments and to start out flights from Libyan airport.

Dbeibeh added that transportation ministers of the 2 countries signed an agreement to resume flights for civilians between the 2 countries, which had been on halt since 2014 thanks to the war in Libya.

The two leaders also stated the justice, defense and interior ministers of their countries have agreed to figure together to resolve problems affecting the 2 countries, like smuggling.

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