Want India to reopen embassy in Tripoli, says Libya foreign minister

Published on Sep 21, 2022 10:19 AM IST

Speaking to HT after her meeting, the Libyan minister Dr Najla Elmangoush said this was her first meeting with the Indian minister and she was “delighted and optimistic” about it

Dr Najla Elmangoush met external affairs minister S Jaishankar on the sidelines of UNGA. (Twitter (Dr S Jaishankar))
Dr Najla Elmangoush met external affairs minister S Jaishankar on the sidelines of UNGA. (Twitter (Dr S Jaishankar))

Libya’s foreign minister Dr Najla Elmangoush sought India’s greater engagement in Libya and requested New Delhi to reopen its embassy in Tripoli.

This development comes after the minister’s meeting with external affairs minister S Jaishankar on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting.

Speaking to HT after her meeting, the Libyan minister said this was her first meeting with the Indian minister and she was “delighted and optimistic” about it.

Also Read: Libya clashes death toll rises to 32, and 159 wounded, says health ministry

“First of all, India plays a major role in the Security Council and also in the sanctions committee. But we also cherish our historical relationship. We are looking forward to engage more in the future with the Indian government, and work specifically in the area of economic development and cooperation”, she said.

Acknowledging that Libya was going through “some challenges”, the minister said, “India could play a very constructive role in understanding the holistic perspective about the situation on the ground, also support how Libya will transition from this period to elections and how we can work together as the international community for peace in Libya.”

When asked if she had a particular expectation from India, minister Elmangoush said, “I would like to see more Indian involvement and engagement and I would like to see the Indian embassy reopen in Tripoli.”

India had closed the embassy in 2019 due to the worsening security situation on the ground.

After the meeting, Jaishankar tweeted that he was glad to meet the FM of Libya.

“Appreciated her perspectives on the evolving situation in Libya”, Jaishankar said.

Get Latest India Newsalong with Latest Newsand Top Headlinesfrom India and around the world.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Prashant Jha is the Washington DC-based US correspondent of Hindustan Times. He is also the editor of HT Premium. Jha has earlier served as editor-views and national political editor/bureau chief of the paper. He is the author of How the BJP Wins: Inside India's Greatest Election Machine and Battles of the New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
My Offers
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Thursday, October 06, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Register Free and get Exciting Deals