Libya seeks to lift UN no-fly zone embargo

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A plane sits on the tarmac after landing at Mitiga airport a few days after militiamen attacked it in an attempt to free colleagues held at a jail there, on the outskirts of the Libyan capital Tripoli, on January 20, 2018. - The Libyan capital's only working international airport (Photo by Mahmud(Photo by MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
A plane sits on the tarmac after landing at Mitiga airport on the outskirts of the Libyan capital Tripoli, on January 20, 2018.(Photo by Mahmud(Photo by MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Libya’s Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Omar Katti on Monday met with the head of the country’s Civil Aviation Authority Mustafa Ammar to discuss coordination to lift the no-fly zone embargo imposed on Libya by the United Nations (UN) Security Council in 2011.

The undersecretary stressed the importance of providing political and technical support for speeding up the lifting of the no-fly zone embargo, the Foreign Ministry said a statement.

Ammar confirmed that the aviation authority under the UN-backed government has been seeking cooperation with air companies from Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Algeria and Turkiye.

The two officials agreed to visit some European countries to discuss resuming international flights, the statement added.

In March 2011, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1973, establishing a ban on all Libyan airspace in order to protect civilians during the uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi’s government.

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