The primary flight from Tripoli to Benghazi in a yr follows the talks in Libya
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Planes seen at Tripoli airport after the internationally recognized Libyan government regained control of the city in Tripoli
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A commercial passenger plane flew on Friday for the first time in more than a year after talks between the country’s warring parties in Geneva from the Libyan capital Tripoli across the front line to the eastern city of Benghazi.
The flights between them had stopped in summer 2019 when Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) stationed in the east shelled Mitiga Airport in Tripoli.
The Tripoli-based government of the National Convention (GNA), recognized by the United Nations, expelled the LNA from the capital in June.
However, both Mitiga Airport and Benina Airport in Benghazi were largely closed by then due to COVID-19 restrictions. The global pandemic has spread across Libya with more than 50,000 confirmed cases and an official death toll of 768.
Since the GNA advance in June, the front lines west of the central coastal town of Sirte have stabilized and several diplomatic channels, including the UN-brokered Geneva talks, have pushed for a permanent ceasefire.
On Tuesday, the incumbent Libyan envoy to the United Nations, Stephanie Williams (NYSE :), said military officials from the two sides meeting in the Swiss city had agreed to reopen land and air links across the country.
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