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Istanbul aims to resume flights to Libya soon: ambassador

Minister of Transportation in the Government of National Accord, Milad Matouq, met with the Turkish Ambassador to Libya, Serhat Aksen, on Wednesday to discuss boosting bilateral cooperation in various fields.

Aksen stressed during the meeting his country’s desire to resume Turkish airlines flights to Libya as soon as possible.

They agreed that Turkey will form a specialized team to inspect security and safety procedures of Libyan airports and their readiness to receive Turkish flights.

For his part, Matouq stressed the need for organizing training courses supervised by Turkey for Libyan airports’ employees to develop their skills and benefit from the Turkish expertise in the civil aviation industry.

On Tuesday, Khalid al-Meshri, head of Libya’s High Council of State, met with Aksen in the capital Tripoli where the two officials discussed the latest political and economic developments in Libya.

“The Head of the Council stressed keenness of the Higher Council of State to strengthen relations with Turkey, pointing out the need for the return of Turkish companies working on development and infrastructure projects in Libya, in addition to the Turkish airlines,” the Council’s information office said in a statement.

“The Turkish ambassador pointed out that his country encourages Turkish companies to return to Libya,” the statement said, adding that the ambassador is currently holding meetings with senior Libyan officials to discuss the return of Turkish companies to Libya.

Most foreign companies in Libya have left since 2014 when violent clashes between rival armed groups broke out in Tripoli, leading to lingering political division across the country.

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