Libyan embassy in Syria to re-open March 3 after 8-year shutdown

The Syrian Ministry of Information announced on Monday that the Libyan embassy in Damascus will resume work on March 3 as it has been shut down since 2012.

The reopening ceremony will be held by a delegation of the Tobruk-based interim government eastern Libya as well as a Syrian delegation.

Diplomatic ties between Syria and Libya were cut in 2012 after Nato-backed rebels ousted and killed Libya’s longtime autocrat Muammar Gaddafi.

The delegation also met on Sunday with Syria’s foreign minister Walid al-Moallem to discuss strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of coordination to confront common pressures and challenges,foremost of which is the Turkish aggression against the sovereignty of both countries in their affairs.

Other local sources said that the visit was aiming at “coordinating cooperation between the two government on the political and security levels.”

Since the NATO-backed ouster of Moammar Qaddafi in 2011,the North African state that holds Africa’s largest proven oil reserves has been engulfed by violence and political turmoil.

Two major rival forces are fighting each other for control:the Government of National Accord in Tripoli,which is endorsed by the UN,and one in the eastern city of Tobruk allied with Haftar. His Libyan National Army advanced on Tripoli eight months ago,where it’s become bogged down on the outskirts and has been unable to capture the city.

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