Malta to host delegation from Tobruk government following ceasefire

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has announced that a Libyan delegation led by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Aguila Saleh is coming to Malta tomorrow for talks with Minister Evarist Bartolo.

The visit comes days after a lasting ceasefire was signed by the two warring governments in Libya.

The House of Representatives had been elected in 2014 in a parliamentary election with low turnout, and relocated to Tobruk that year in the midst of the Libyan Civil War. It is backed by the Libyan National Army led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, often seen as the most powerful figure in the Tobruk faction.

Malta officially recognises the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, as does the UN, though it has long pushed for a peaceful solution which would lead to a unified Libya.

But while the year started with Tripoli under siege, the siege was lifted in summer before the two sides agreed on a ceasefire. Following UN-mediated talks in Geneva, the sides have now signed a lasting ceasefire.

In this context, Malta is now hosting a delegation from the Tobruk government, with the ministry stating that the talks “will deal with the political process in Libya and Libyan to Libyan dialogue.”

“As a friendly neighbouring country, Malta is committed to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya,” the ministry emphasised.