The Malta Independent 24 September 2020, Thursday

Malta and Libya agree that flights should resume, that Maltese companies return to Libya

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 18:50 Last update: about 3 months ago

The foreign ministers of the state of Libya, the Republic of Malta, and the Republic of Turkey have released a joint statement, and said they held a meeting in Tripoli on 6 August 2020 to discuss the latest situation in Libya and the relations of joint cooperation between the three states.

Both Malta and Turkey have stressed their support to the Government of National Accord and that there is no military solution to the Libyan crisis. They also stressed that stability and security of Libya are of a great significance.

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The three delegations expressed their reservation vis-à-vis IRINI Operation and highlighted its shortcomings.

The three agreed on four points. Firstly, to promote joint cooperation, return of Maltese and Turkish companies to Libya, and resumption of air flights between Libya and Malta and Turkey.

Secondly that illegal migration does not impose a threat to the EU only, but also to Libya, and that there is a need to strengthen the Libyan southern borders and combat human trafficking and smuggling. "Malta and Turkey expressed their readiness to support the Government of National Accord in this regard by providing the necessary needs and equipment to upgrade the capabilities of the Libyan Coast Guard."

Thirdly, to stress the importance of the EU's participation in tackling the root causes of illegal migration by helping the development of source countries.

Lastly, to set up a joint working team to coordinate efforts and cooperation in order to translate any agreed matters into concrete and practical projects.

 


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