On Thursday, on a visit to Tripoli, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that Madrid wants to help Libya’s political process on the most recent tour to this nation by a high-level European official.
Libya is trying to get out of a decade of upheaval and violence following the fall of tyrant Moamer Gaddafi in the 2011 NATO-sponsored rebellion.
Since an earlier temporary unity administration was established, this year following an October ceasefire between rival camps in the country’s east and west, diplomatic activities have flourished.
The Libyan Interim Executive is responsible for organizing the December parliamentary and presidential elections.
This is a fantastic opportunity for Libya, a historic moment, and Spain wants to be with him, “Sanchez told Libya’s interim Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah at a press conference.
Sanchez stated that Spain intended to support Libya’s electoral process and announced that it would “contribute to the Libyan ceasefire control mechanism to guarantee peace and security.”
The two sides have also acknowledged the reopening, since 2014, of the Spanish embassy in Tripoli. It has followed moves from numerous countries, including France and Greece, in recent months.
Sanchez also met various Libyan authorities accompanied by a business group and discussed “the role of Spain in the restoration and development of Libya.”
Dbeibah, a wealthy businessman, remarked that he “would promote the development of Spanish firms in Libya like Repsol beyond the hydrocarbon sector.”
Spain’s primary commercial presence in oil-rich Libya is the Repsol energy company.
On Tuesday, the firm officials had a video conference with the chairman of the National Oil Company of Libya (NOC), Mustafa Sanalla, and discussed means of “introducing renewable energy to the Libyan oil sector.”
Dbeibah announced the “reactivation of a joint committee that has not met since 2008 to restart and update old (bilateral) agreements”.
“We have today signed memorandums of understanding in a variety of areas including education, training and trade,” he said.
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