Libya's PM Dbeibah praises projects in Egypt’s New Administrative Capital

Ahram Online , Friday 17 Sep 2021

Dbeibah arrived in Cairo on Wednesday on top of a high-level delegation, including several ministers and experts for talks on bilateral cooperation

Libya's interim Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbeibah (second from right) during touring the Egyptian New Administrative Capital on Friday, 17 September 2021 (Photo courtesy of the Egyptian cabinet)

Libya's interim Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbeibah toured the New Administrative Capital (NAC) in Egypt on Friday, a mega 700-square-kilometre project expected to be a new home to various public agencies.

Dbeibah arrived in Cairo on Wednesday on top of a high-level delegation, including several ministers and experts for talks on bilateral cooperation.

The Libyan premier started his visit with performing Friday prayer at Al-Fattah Al-Alim Mosque before touring several sites and districts in the new capital, including the Central Business District, in which 20 towers are being built, and the Government District.

PM Dbeibah, who was accompanied by a number of Libyan ministers, praised the efforts exerted in the NAC, saying the volume of projects "reflects the strength and originality of Egyptians."

Friday's tours come a day after both countries signed a series of memoranda of understanding and agreements in fields of agriculture, social solidarity, civil aviation security, oil and gas, counter-maritime pollution, marine search and rescue, housing, construction, and youth and sports.

The MoUs and agreements were signed during the 11th round of meetings of the Egyptian-Libyan joint higher committee, a joint mechanism that focuses on enhancing trade and bilateral cooperation between the two African countries, which convened on Thursday after a 12-year halt.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said on Thursday that the Egyptian and Libyan ministerial delegations agreed to implement several projects in Libya in the fields of energy, electricity, industry, trade, transport, aviation, sports, education, infrastructure and security.

In April, Egypt and Libya agreed to resume flights between the two countries’ capitals as Cairo seeks to restore normalcy in relations with the neighbouring country. Egypt also reopened its embassy in Libya in May after a seven year-closure.

The interest in resuming an Egyptian presence in the neighboring country comes on the back of the latest developments, which culminated in the election of an executive authority to guide the country until legislative elections are held by the end of the current year.

Egypt has been pushing for a political settlement in Libya for years, calling for a ceasefire, a complete disarming of militias, an end to foreign intervention in the country.

The oil-rich country seeks to restore normalcy after a decade of violence and political turmoil following the ouster and murder of its leader Muammar Gaddafi on the heels of a NATO-backed uprising in 2011.

In recent years, Libya was torn between warring administrations, one in the east and one in the west, before the two camps signed a ceasefire in Geneva last year and an interim government was established earlier this year to guide the country towards national elections slated for December.

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