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Libyan Embassy says visas issued by any other entity 'not valid'

The Libyan Embassy representing Libya’s official government warned today the Embassy of Libya would not acknowledge visas granted by any other entity in Malta.

In a statement, the embassy, which is currently operating from Ta’ Xbiex, said visas should be obtained from the consulate in Abate Rigord Street.

It said it was “keen and determined” to foster bonds of cooperation and friendship with the Maltese government and people and "strongly supported all initiatives and relationships between Maltese businessmen, companies and special government sector".

Last Sunday, the representative of Libya’s self-declared government warned it would not recognise official visas.

On Monday, the Libya Herald said the official government imposed restrictions on Libyan visas to Maltese citizens.

The newspaper said the Ministry of Interior instructed its charges d’affaires in Malta not to issue any Libyan visas to Maltese citizens prior to receiving a security clearance from the ministry.

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