TRIPOLI, 25 February 2021 – Libyan prime minister-elect Abdul Dabaiba has asked for more support from the government of Malta as it tries to transition back to peace.
Dabaiba said he held positive talks Wednesday with the foreign minister of Malta, Evarist Bartolo.
Libya is seeking the support of Malta in a range of areas, including the resumption of flights, addressing bottlenecks in visa issuance processes and facilitating the free flow of financing between the two countries.
Libya and Malta have been in diplomatic “make-up” mode ever since the Times of Malta newspaper reported Tuesday on a brief video of Dabaiba addressing Libyan dignitaries.
In the video, Libyan prime minister-elect said he would only meet with the Prime Minister of Malta Robert Abela when the proper respect was shown to the Libyan people.
After footage of the speech was published, the Maltese government began a diplomatic effort to address tensions.
Malta has said it will be addressing problems regarding visas and residence permits to ensure that undue delays and hardships for Libyans will be avoided.
Bartolo said Dabaiba had also mentioned the need for flights between Libya and Malta to resume. This issue is being addressed and Malta will be guided by the EU authorities, Bartolo added.
Bartolo and the designate Prime Minister of Libya discussed the steps that need to be taken to facilitate the opening of bank accounts for Libyans in Malta, provided that all international financial regulations are observed.
Dabaiba is set to take over later this month the helm of the United Nations-backed government of national unity in Tripoli.