Egyptian, Libyan ministers discuss enhancing cooperation on land and dry ports

Ahram Online , Thursday 16 Sep 2021

Egyptian Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir received his Libyan counterpart Mohamed Al-Shahoubi in Cairo on Tuesday

Egyptian Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir and Libyan counterpart Mohamed Al-Shahoubi meet in Cairo (Ahram)

The Egyptian and Libyan transport ministers discussed during a meeting in Cairo on Wednesday enhancing cooperation on land and dry ports, including upgrading Egypt's Salloum and Libya's Musaed land ports.

The two ministers also discussed preparations for signing a number of transport agreements between the two countries, including a land transport deal, according to a statement issued by the Egyptian transport ministry.

Libyan Transport Minister Mohamed Al-Shahoubi, who arrived in Egypt earlier today, stressed his country's keenness to cooperate with Egypt in implementing road, bridge and infrastructure ventures in post-conflict Libya.

During the meeting, Al-Shahoubi heaped praise on the development of the transport system in Egypt and its mega infrastructure projects.

In April, 11 memoranda of understanding were signed between the two countries in Tripoli to boost cooperation ties in various domains, including transport, road infrastructure, and power linkage.

Egyptian PM Mostafa Madbouly said at the time that Egypt plans to establish a marine shipping line linking the Egyptian and Libyan ports as well as resuming flights from Libyan cities to Cairo International Airport.

During Tuesday's meeting, Minister El-Wazir said his ministry will support the Libyan side with a number of specialised engineers to implemented the agreed upon projects.

He also expressed support for expanding the presence of Egyptian construction companies on Libyan soil to help further develop the country’s infrastructure.

In 2011, Libya was plunged into chaos on the heels of NATO-backed uprising that ousted long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

An interim government was established earlier this year to guide the country towards national elections slated for December, after almost six years of being torn between warring administrations, one in the east and one in the west, backed by different powers.

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