UAE’s role in Libya’s development hailed

DUBAI - The UAE is playing an active role in supporting Libya on political, military,

By Farhana Chowdhury

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Published: Fri 23 Sep 2011, 12:13 AM

Last updated: Tue 19 Sep 2023, 4:26 PM

security and humanitarian grounds said Dr Faisel Gergab, Programme Manager of the Libya Stabilisation Team at a conference held in the Libyan Embassy in Dubai, on Wednesday.

“The UAE has significantly contributed in terms of advocating recognition of the National Transitional Council (NTC). We have received technical support along with a supply of hundreds of police vehicles and uniforms to help in our mission. UAE is also the first country to recognise the Libyan embassy as a formal embassy that belongs to the NTC and Dr Aref Ali Nayed is the first ambassador elected by the UAE so that is a major support. We hope this continues and the relationship with the UAE will improve and flourish,” said Gergab.

Members of the Libya Stabilisation Team had gathered at the Libyan Embassy to share the progress and current situation in Libya.

Telecommunications and a supply of fuel, water and food are some of the achievements made since Libya’s victory but members said that there was still a long way to go.

“The major concern right now is that we are very quickly trying to get the government function in its normal status. Another is to get employees to come back to work and sustain the normalcy that we’ve managed to achieve over the first few weeks.

We want to sustain the supply of fuel, keep the electricity, telecommunications and water running,” said Gergab.Banks had re-opened before Eid-Al-Fitr allowing families to celebrate the holiday. Wafik Shater, the team’s coordinate of the finance sector, said that security had improved and there were minor cases of theft and looting. He also pointed out that a strong sense of nationalism had caused looters to return the stolen items.

“The team worked really hard to create an umbrella for all the working groups inside and outside Libya, competent Libyans that can provide support be it technical or commercial so we are independent people so we’ve created a platform for people to excel,” said Gergab, who also acts as the Operations Manager on the ground in Tripoli.

“When we faced the water crisis, we set up a water crisis committee that was made of a number of experts from various sectors and we’ve come up with a plan to reach those wells right in the south keep the supply running back to Tripoli,” said Gergab, who also acts as the Operations Manager on the ground in Tripoli.

Aref Ali Nayed, Ambassador of the Embassy of Libya in UAE and Chief Operations Manager of the Libya Stabilisation Team said, “There’s water, there’s electricity, there’s fuel and no more line ups at the gas station. The hospitals are well-stocked. People are back to work and shops are open. I think it has been a tremendous success and I want to stress that it is not the doing of the stabilisation team, but the grace of God and the heroic work of the Libyan people.”

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