Islamabad, 30 August 2022 (TDI): During a ceremony, Ambassador-designate from Libya, Moamer Z. O. Abdalmotlab submitted his credentials to the President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi.

Ambassadors designate from Germany, Spain, Belgium, Kenya, and Ethiopia also submitted their credentials to the President of Pakistan.

Meeting with Ambassador of Libya

In his conversation with Libya’s Ambassador, the President of Pakistan pointed out the importance of broadening the scope of trade ties and developing new paths of economic cooperation between the two countries.

He expressed optimism that the new Ambassador, appointed after an 11-year hiatus, will endeavor to strengthen the connection between the two fraternal nations.

Pakistan-Libya Ties

Libya and Pakistan enjoy longstanding and cordial diplomatic and bilateral relations. Both countries share comparable religious identities and cultural affinities, notably their Islamic background, hence relations have remained friendly and united throughout their history.

The bilateral relationship began in the 1950s when King Idris agreed to provide financial assistance to then-poor Pakistan.

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Libya also provided economic help to Pakistan in the 1970s, assisting in the country’s rehabilitation following the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. It has recently supplied support to Pakistan in the fight against floods, infections, sickness, and other natural disasters.

Aside from that, as a measure of aid, the Libyan Central Bank made a loan of US$50 million to Pakistan’s Habib Bank in 1976.

The same year, an economic and cultural pact was formed, establishing a unified shipping firm. Furthermore, it is noteworthy that there are approximately 30,000 Pakistanis living in Libya.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two nations during the President of Pakistan’s visit to Libya in 2009, the Pakistani government agreed to deploy 50,000 qualified employees to the African continent by the end of the year.

Pakistan enjoys close and fraternal relationships with Libya and wishes to strengthen bilateral ties in all areas of mutual interest.