The Libyan embassy in Cairo announced that it had agreed with the Egyptian Ministry of Manpower to facilitate the entry procedures for Egyptian workers to Libya
This came following a meeting held in Cairo on Saturday between Egyptian and Libyan officials, after which the embassy’s media office said that ministerial delegations discussed implementing the 2013 bilateral memorandum of cooperation on employing the Egyptian workforce in Libya.
The officials also discussed launching an electronic platform to connect both countries’ ministries to provide an integrated database, which would identify the Libyan market’s needs for Egyptian labor.
“This step would be followed by facilitating procedures and mechanisms for the workers’ entry.”
The delegations also agreed to form a joint permanent bilateral committee to serve this purpose and prepare for a visit by an Egyptian technical delegation to Libya to finalize pending technical arrangements.
In this context, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi affirmed his country’s full support for the new Libyan government, headed by Abdulhamid Dbeibeh, and its willingness to provide its expertise in areas that would achieve political stability.
He said Cairo looks forward to taking part in the implementation of development projects in Libya.
In a call on Saturday, Sisi congratulated Dbeibeh as his government obtained the Libyan parliament’s confidence, saying this step represents a prominent historic step on the way of settling the Libyan crisis.
Presidential spokesman Bassam Rady quoted Sisi as expressing confidence in Dbeibeh’s ability to manage the current transitional phase, achieve comprehensive reconciliation among Libyans and unifying state institutions in preparation for holding national elections.
The Premier, for his part, expressed appreciation for Cairo’s sincere role and tireless efforts to solve the Libyan crisis, stressing the peculiarity and distinction of the fraternal bilateral relations and the historical ties that unite both peoples.
He also expressed keenness to continue boosting cooperation, consultation and intensive coordination with Egypt.
Meanwhile, Head of Libya’s Presidential Council Mohammad al-Menfi pledged to work with the Joint Military Commission (5+5) to unite the country’s military forces.
In a televised speech on Friday, Menfi said he will work on unifying the military institution founded on “professionalism and a purely national ideology.”
“I look forward to establishing foreign relations based on mutual interests while avoiding foreign interventions in Libya’s affairs,” he noted.
Since signing the ceasefire agreement in Geneva, the Commission has been studying means of expelling foreign fighters from Libya, a military source in eastern Libya told Asharq Al-Awsat.
However, the source stressed that international parties that sent these fighters want them to stay in the country at the moment, which requires “more international pressure”.