Britain keen to increase trade exchange with Libya

Henry Bellingham, British trade envoy to Libya, on Sunday stressed Britain’s keenness to increase trade exchange with Libya and activate previously signed agreements between the two countries.

Bellingham made his remarks during a meeting with Ahmed Maiteeq, Libya’s deputy prime minister, in the capital Tripoli, according to a statement issued by Maiteeq’s information and communications office.

“The envoy stressed his country’s aspiration to strengthen and develop cooperation relations with Libya in all fields, and to increase the rate of trade exchange and activate previous agreements of health, education and energy sectors,” the statement said.

The two officials also agreed to hold meetings between specialists from the two countries periodically to determine the priorities of the projects to be launched, the statement explained.

During a meeting with the Prime Minister Fayez Serraj, British Ambassador to Libya Frank Becker on Thursday stressed his country’s support for economic development and rebuilding of Libya.

Following the 2011 uprising that topped former leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, Libya has been suffering escalating violence, political division and economic instability.

The North African nation is struggling to make a democratic transition amid political division with two governments in the east and the west, both competing for legitimacy.