By Ayman Amzein.
Benghazi, 4 March 2016:
As part of plans for its reconstruction and development, Benghazi is looking to become home to . . .[restrict]a training centre for Libya’s diplomats.
At present, the Libyan has no diplomacy training facilities. A number of Libyan diplomats have attended courses in Turkey and Germany and there have been discussions between the Foreign Ministry and India’s Foreign Service Institute on providing courses in Delhi.
The idea that Libya should have its own diplomatic academy and that it should be based in Benghazi is, however, now beginning to take shape.
On Thursday, there were discussions on the subject between Benghazi mayor Omar Barasi and Foreign Minister Mohamed Al-Dairi during which the mayor offered to allocate land for the construction of such an institute.
A diplomatic academy would be a feather in Benghazi’s cap, but it would still need international help in staffing it. [/restrict]