Libya's Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Omar Katti called on Italian companies to return to Libya on Tuesday.
Katti made the appeal during a meeting with Italian Ambassador to Libya Giuseppe Buccino in Tripoli, according to a statement issued by the Libyan Foreign Ministry.
Katti stressed the need for the Italian companies to return and resume major construction projects in Libya, including a highway connecting eastern and western Libya as well as the rebuilding of the Tripoli International Airport that was destroyed by armed conflict in 2014.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that during the meeting, Katti and the Italian ambassador also reviewed the latest preparations for the second meeting of the Libyan-Italian Joint Committee, next month, during which several memoranda of understanding will be activated in several sectors, the most important of which are electricity and transportation.
Katti also stressed the importance of Italy playing its role in assisting the Libyan state in combating illegal migration, especially with expectations of an increase in the number of migrants as a result of instability in some source countries.