Malta and Libya signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Joint Cooperation regarding an interconnector between Malta and Libya. This agreement was signed in Tripoli after a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Robert Abela and Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah.
In talks between the two leaders, the themes of energy, security and economic cooperation between the two countries were discussed. In an address to journalists in Tripoli after the meeting with the Libyan Prime Minister, Prime Minister Robert Abela interpreted the signed agreement as a good opportunity for both sides and said that he looks forward to having tangible projects in the an energy field that the peoples of both countries enjoy.
“Libya has a strong potential to generate renewable energy and in the context of this country’s willingness to be a strategic partner with the European Union it leads to Malta being ready to serve as a center for green energy that connects Europe with Africa”, said Prime Minister Abela and he notes the importance of cooperation on the use of alternative energy in the background of a meeting he had in the past few days with the Prime Minister of Italy , Giorgia Meloni, and in the context of an agreement reached in Malta this year at the MED9 summit between the energy ministers of nine member states of the European Union located in the Mediterranean.
Prime Minister Abela also discussed the readiness for more commercial collaboration between Malta and Libya which could be strengthened with the possibility of an increase in direct flights between the two countries and the expansion of Maltese businesses in the North Africa. Regarding the theme of security, in which the issue of immigration was also discussed, Prime Minister Abela thanked the Libyan Government for the work being done to reduce arrivals, and pointed out that the model of cooperation between Malta and Libya will also be applied on a European level by the European Union.
The Prime Minister pointed out in a positive way for the commitments that exist in favor of more stability in Libya and reiterated the support of the Maltese Government for there to be an agreement on a political level as well as a legal framework that leads to a political process led by the Libya for Libyans under the auspices of the United Nations. Prime Minister Abela assured that Malta will continue to work so that Libya remains at the top of the agenda of the United Nations and the European Union.
Accompanying the Maltese Prime Minister on the official visit to Libya were among others the Minister for the Interior, Security, Reforms and Equality Byron Camilleri, the Minister for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise Miriam Dalli and Cabinet Secretary Ryan Spagnol.