Libya Denies Immigration Agreement with Yemen

The Libyan Embassy in Yemen issued a statement denying media reports that an agreement had been signed between the embassy and Yemeni officials to regulate immigration between the two countries.

But according to a report from Yemen Times, Abdulqadir Ayid, the first deputy minister of the Yemeni Expatriate Affairs Ministry, said:

It is true that no convention has been signed so far, but there have been meetings between Yemeni officials and the Libyan ambassador in Sana’a that may very well result in an agreement ... We were surprised at the Libyan statement regarding the Yemeni labor force. This statement has undermined efforts that have already been exerted between Yemeni officials and the Libyan ambassador.

He told the paper that the statement was politically motivated.

Political analyst Abdulsalam Mohammed said the security situation in Libya is not conducive to an influx of Yemenis in the country, and believes that Libya is upset about the Yemeni government’s support for the ousting of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

(Source: Yemen Times)

(Picture: Yemeni capital Sana, by Ferdinand Reus)

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