Libyans receive 44 containers of detergents sent by Egypt upon arrival in Tobruk Port on April 11, 2020 – Press Photo
CAIRO – 11 April 2020: Egypt sent Libya 44 containers of detergents on the shipping line between Damietta Port and Tobruk Port, Chairman of the Egyptian-Libyan Business Chamber Ibrahim al-Garary declared Saturday.
Other shipments carrying food and medical equipment among others will arrive soon in the neighboring country with which urban borders have been shut as a protective measure against COVID-19 pandemic.
The Libyan side had communicated with the Egyptian counterpart to introduce a shipping line between both countries for Egypt to send staples and medical aid to Libya amid coronavirus outbreak. Until Friday, Libya recorded 24 infections.
Upon the directives of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the Egyptian Armed Forces sent to Italy on April 4 two military jets carrying medical equipment, protective suits, detergents and sanitizers.
Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed arrived in Italy on Saturday accompanied by an Egyptian military delegation to deliver the medical aid transported by two C-295M jets.
The minister was received by Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio, who expressed his appreciation for Egypt’s assistance and solidarity with his state and people.
The statement on the packages read in Arabic and Italian, "From the Egyptian people to the Italian people."
The visit follows a phone call between President Sisi and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on April 3 as the former extended condolences over COVID-19 victims, and expressed support to Italy in the face of the pandemic.
In February, Minister Zayed visited China bringing 10 tons of protective medical equipment.