Egypt PM visits Tripoli as relations warm

Today April 20, the Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli met his counterpart Abdulhamid Dbeibah in Tripoli, a new sign of warming ties between Tripoli and Cairo.

The Libyan government said officials from both countries signed memorandums of understanding on electricity and telecommunications and planned a resumption of air links operated by the North African neighbors’ national carriers.

 

The oil-rich country has been rocked by conflict since the toppling and killing of dictator Moamer Kadhafi over ten years ago.

Libya had been torn between two rival administrations, including the UN-recognised Government of National Accord based in Tripoli, and its rival in the east, which is loyal to military strongman Khalifa Haftar.

 

Last summer, the fighting in Libya came to a halt. In October, a formal ceasefire was followed by the establishment of a new unity government led by Dbeibah ahead of elections scheduled for December.

For a long time, Egypt had been considered one of Haftar’s main supporters but seemed to shift its position since late last year.

 

Madbouli’s trip, at the head of a delegation of 11 ministers, was the first of such a visit to Tripoli since the installation of Libya’s interim government last month.

Dbeibah visited Egypt in February on his first official trip abroad after he was selected as premier at UN-led talks earlier in the month.

 

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