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Developments in Libya and migration, security and economic issues were spoken about at the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Libya in the Government of National Accord Mohamed Taha Siala.

Deputy Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee Keit Pentus-Rosimannus assured that mitigation of the situation and reaching a political solution to the crisis in Libya were important for the European Union and also for Estonia. “International support is important for resolving the situation, but the solution can be successful only if it is managed by Libya,” she added.

Pentus-Rosimannus said that Estonia supported Libya in the fight against the smuggling of immigrants, weapons and drugs.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Libya in the Government of National Accord gave an overview of the situation in his country and Libya’s relations with the neighbouring countries. In his opinion, it is necessary to overcome the power vacuum in Libya and ensure the stability of the country. To achieve that, a constitutional referendum will be held, and if it is approved, the elections of the President and the parliament.

The meeting was also attended by member of the Foreign Affairs Committee Barbi Pilvre, and members of the National Defence Committee Olga Ivanova and Oudekki Loone, who is also a member of the Estonia-Africa Parliamentary Group. The activities of non-governmental organisations in controlling the pressure of immigration and relieving the humanitarian situation were also discussed at the meeting. Besides that, the issues relating to the economy and finance of Libya in connection with the use of income from oil to the benefit of all Libyans were spoken about.

Photos of the meeting

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