Joint committee to tackle dues of Egyptians in Libya
Egyptian Manpower Minister Gamal Serour (right) Libya counterpart Masoud Ibrahim - Youm7

CAIRO: An Egyptian-Libyan committee will be formed to tackle pending issues between the two states; mainly the financial rights of Egyptian workers who have fled Libya, according to a Friday statement.

Egyptian Manpower Minister Gamal Serour and his Libya counterpart Masoud Ibrahim discussed the matter on the sidelines of the 13th African Regional Meeting of the International Labor Organization in Addis Ababa, the Egyptian Manpower Ministry said.

Those listed in the database of the Manpower Ministry as deserving financial dues amount to 19,929 in 2015, 94,896 in 2014 and 179, 957 in 2011.

Ibrahim requested that Egyptian workers be allowed to work in areas that fall within the jurisdiction of the internationally recognized government in Libya.

Thousands of Egyptians have fled Libya since the 2011 violence, especially after 20 citizens were beheaded by Libya’s Islamic State group (IS) affiliate in February.

However, thousands in Egyptians have been arrested in the past years in attempted illegal immigration to Libya to find work.

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