Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed receives Libya’s interim prime minister

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi renews support for Libya's interim government led by Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, during meeting at Qasr Al Hosn

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Libya's interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah called for closer co-operation with the UAE during his visit to Abu Dhabi.

Mr Dbeibah was received at Qasr Al Hosn on Wednesday by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

During the meeting, Sheikh Mohamed said the two countries had long-standing relations and the UAE was looking forward to further growing ties with Libya.

"It was an honour to meet our brother Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, Prime Minister of Libya’s Government of National Unity. Libya will overcome its challenges and we stand at the side of the Libyan people at this critical moment. The new road map will hopefully lead to stability and unity," Sheikh Mohamed tweeted.

He was briefed by the Libyan prime minister on the latest developments in his country and efforts being made during the transitional period to restore security and stability, the UAE news agency Wam reported.

Libya's government is pressing ahead with the development and reconstruction process while preparing for elections, Mr Dbeibah said.

Sheikh Mohamed congratulated Mr Dbeibah and his government on winning the confidence of the Libyan House of Representatives. He wished the Libyan leader success in carrying out his national mission during this critical period.

The Libyan people were looking forward to a new era of stability and national unity after years of conflict, Sheikh Mohamed said.

The two sides explored the prospects of cooperation in security, economic growth and investments, Wam reported. They also discussed various issues of common interest.

Sheikh Mohamed renewed his support for the interim government in Libya and its endeavours to establish peace and stability. He wished the Libyan people all success in fulfilling their aspirations for stability, peace and prosperity.

Mr Dbeibah said Libya was looking forward to growing its relationship with the UAE and to establishing partnerships across various domains, including development, investment, the economy and security, Wam reported. He said Libya was keen to learn from the UAE's success story.

The interim prime minister urged a unified international stance towards Libya based on ensuring the country's common interest in a way that reinforces the prospects of stability and security and guarantees Libya's sovereignty over all its territories.

Also present at the meeting were Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan, Minister of State, Dr Anwar Gargash, Diplomatic Adviser to the President Sheikh Khalifa, Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary General of the Supreme Council for National Security, and Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, the Undersecretary of the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, along with a number of officials in the Libyan government.