Japan sees “some recovery in the local security situation in Libya,” Yoko Kamikawa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan said during the visit of Vice President of the Libyan Presidential Council Abdalla Al-Lafi to Tokyo last week.
During the visit, the two agreed to work to strengthen Japanese-Libyan relations, including economic cooperation. Kamikawa expressed Japan’s support for stability in Libya. Al-Lafi expressed his hope to expand cooperation with Japan.
According to a statement issued by the Presidential Council, the two discussed “coordinating the Japanese government’s support for peace-building efforts in Libya through the national reconciliation project, and the return of Japanese companies to work in Libya.”, as well as lifting the travel ban for Japanese citizens to Libya.
During the visit, Al-Lafi opened the first Libyan-Japanese Economic Forum, which witnessed a number of economic events, in which directors of Japanese companies participated in several sectors, most notably the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors, where the participants expressed their desire to return to contributing to economic activity in Libya.
It will be recalled that on 16 January, the Japanese Embassy in Libya announced the reopening of its office in Tripoli. In the short term, the embassy will return to work with a limited number of personnel and activities. Visas will still be issued at Japanese embassies and consulates general in Tunisia, Egypt or Turkey.