German FM arrives in Libya to reopen country's embassy

AP , Thursday 9 Sep 2021

German diplomats left Libya in 2014 due to the country's instability and spiraling violence and worked from neighboring Tunisia

Germany's foreign minister arrived in Libya on Thursday to reopen the country's embassy in Tripoli.

``Today, we want to show with the reopening that Germany is and will remain a committed partner of Libya,'' Heiko Maas said upon his arrival in Tripoli. ``We want to have a voice in the Libyan capital again.''

German diplomats left Libya in 2014 due to the country's instability and spiraling violence and worked from neighboring Tunisia.

In October, a cease-fire agreement between Libya's warring parties including a demand that all foreign fighters and mercenaries leave Libya within 90 days led to a deal on the elections in December and the transitional government that took office in February.

Germany has tried to act as an intermediary between warring parties in Libya in the past.

In June, Germany and the United Nations hosted a Libya conference in Berlin on the future of the crisis-ridden country. At the conference, Germany vowed to keep up pressure until all foreign forces have been withdrawn from Libya.

On Thursday, Maas praised the country's efforts to reach more stability over the past two years.

``Today there's a national unity government, the oil blockade has been ended, and the weapons have mostly been silenced,`` Maas said, according to a statement from the German Foreign Ministry.

He added that ``Libya needs continued international engagement to achieve progress for all people in Libya.''

*This story was edited by Ahram Online. 

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