The Philippines and Libya successfully carried out the repatriation of more than 60 Filipino and Libyan nationals from their respective capitals last week, in a reciprocal gesture that underscored the deep friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
18 Libyan nationals stranded in Manila are now back in Libya after they were accommodated on a Philippine Airlines B777-300ER that was sent to Algiers and Tunis by the Philippine Government to repatriate Filipinos in North Africa.
43 Filipinos are also now reunited with their families in the Philippines after the Libyan Government of National Accord provided a Libyan Airlines A330 to fly them to Tunis where they took the Philippine Airlines flight to Manila along with more than 200 Filipinos from Algeria and Tunisia.
Also on board the Libyan Airlines flight were the remains of two Filipino nurses who passed away in Tripoli and four officials of the Philippine Embassy.
The cooperation between the two countries also included the testing of their respective nationals for the coronavirus disease prior to their repatriation. This was undertaken by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) in Libya and by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in Manila.
(Source: Philippine Embassy in Libya)