Egypt and Libya sign airport security protocol

Libya’s Minister of Economic Affairs Salama al-Ghwail announced the signing of a protocol between the Holding Company for EgyptAir and Libya’s Afriqiyah Airways for cooperation in civil aviation security.

Libyan media reported that the protocol was based on a memorandum of understanding signed by the Egyptian and Libyan governments within the duties of Egyptian experts who are authorized to follow up on procedures to ensure the security of Libyan international airports.

The protocol grants these Egyptian experts wide powers to re-inspect luggage, bags, plane meals and freight parcels, and to give enforceable instructions to the interests of Libyan aviation in regards to security matters.

Egypt allowed the landing of Libyan planes at Cairo International Airport after a five-year ban, as flights were directed exclusively to Borg al-Arab Airport in Alexandria.

The Libyan government announced earlier in September that the Civil Aviation Authority in both Egypt and Libya agreed to work towards returning direct flights between the airports of Mitiga, Misrata, and Benina to Cairo International Airport, starting September 30.

This step came after the visit of the Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity, Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, in mid-September, during which several agreements were signed with Egypt.

Egypt and Libya had signed more than 14 economic agreements and memoranda of understanding in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, with an initial value exceeding billions of dollars.

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