A special Air Force flight carried 200.000 AstraZeneca Covid -19 vaccines from Athens to Tripoli, on Tuesday 17th August.

An official ceremony was organized at the airport of Tripoli, where the Libyan deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, Omar Mohammed Saleh, thanked Ioannis Smyrlis, secretary general of International Economic Relations of the Greek ministry of Foreign Affairs and Marios Themistokleous, general secretary at the Greek ministry of Health.

During the ceremony, Ioannis Smyrlis said Greece “is ready to support the people of Libya with vaccines and other necessary means to fight the pandemic, confirming the new position of Greece in the region”.

Greece and Malta are the first EU countries to donate vaccines to Libya. Turkey has sent 150,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Libya in April, 2021.

Greece and Libya try to remedy their relations, after the 2019 LibyaTurkey Memorandum on the delimitation of maritime zones in the Mediterranean caused a severe rift in bilateral relations.

Greece reopened its embassy in Tripoli and established a Consulate General in Benghazi, the first to open by a foreign country after the hostilities halted.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made an official visit to Libya, in April 2021, inaugurating the new chapter in Greek-Libyan relations.