Libyan PM, Chinese envoy discuss mutual cooperation

June 13, 2018

Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on Tuesday held a meeting with the Chinese Charge d'Affaires to Libya Wang Qimin to discuss mutual cooperation between the two countries.

'The talks focused on enhancing cooperation between the two friendly countries. We reviewed the latest developments in the political process in Libya. We hope that the transitional phase (in Libya) would end and move forward towards elections in December,' Wang told Xinhua after the meeting.

Paris recently hosted a meeting on Libya with the participation of different Libyan parties to end the political crisis.

The parties agreed to hold and be committed to 'credible' presidential and parliamentary elections on Dec. 10.

'We talked about... the return of Chinese companies (to Libya). We consider that the end of the transitional phase in Libya will improve the stability and the security situation, which motivates our companies to return and resume projects in Libya,' Wang said.

Most foreign companies left Libya due to security deterioration following the overthrow of former leader Gaddafi's regime in 2011, leading to the suspension of most development projects.

The Chinese diplomat also highlighted the importance of the Chinese-African Summit to be held in Beijing this year, considering it as an important gathering of senior leaders that will enhance cooperation between China and Africa, most significantly through the Belt and Road Initiative.

The Belt and Road Initiative, which China proposed in 2013, aims to build trade and infrastructure networks linking Asia to Europe and Africa along the trade routes of the ancient Silk Road.

Wang confirmed that Serraj has been officially extended an invitation to participate in the summit.

The Chinese Charge d'Affaires on Monday signed documents to provide medical aid to Libya worth up to 6 million U.S. dollars, following a meeting with the Libyan Health Minister Omar al-Tahir Bashir.

'The aid is an important commitment from China to Libya, as special assistance is provided every year to support the health sector,' Wang told Xinhua following the signing of the documents.