Libya: A Friendly Desert Na­tion

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The State of Libya, lo­cated in North Africa, fea­tures beau­ti­ful scenery of the Mediter­ranean Sea and the Sa­hara Desert, is bor­dered by Egypt, Su­dan, Chad, Niger, Al­ge­ria and Tu­nisia and cov­ers an area of about 1.76 mil­lion sq.km. It is home to the Rock-art Sites of Tadrart Aca­cus, as well as two other UN­ESCO World Her­itage Sites, the Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Site of Lep­tis Magna and Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Site of Sabratha, both of which tourists can view by he­li­copter. Over 95 per­cent of Libya's ter­ri­tory is com­prised of desert and semi- desert re­gions and its aver­age alti­tude is about 500 m above sea level.

Libya is rich in re­sources, es­pe­cially oil and gas. It is one of the world's ma­jor oil man­u­fac­tur­ers and ex­porters. Arable land only rep­re­sents two per­cent of the coun­try's ter­ri­tory, yield­ing agri­cul­tural prod­ucts in­clud­ing wheat, bar­ley, maize, peanuts, or­anges, olives, to­bacco, date palms and veg­eta­bles.

Libyan cui­sine is a com­bi­na­tion of Ara­bian and Mediter­ranean cuisines and is in­flu­enced by Ital­ian cook­ing, es­pe­cially pasta. One fa­mous spe­cialty food is cous­cous, which is made of steamed flour, and usu­ally cooked with meat and po­ta­toes. Sherba is a de­li­cious kind of Libyan soup and bazin is a kind of lo­cal baked flat cake made from bar­ley, salt and wa­ter. Tea is lo­cals' favourite drink and is of­ten served with mint leaves and peanuts.

At the Colour­ful World event, the Libyan booth was a vi­brant area with de­light­ful mu­sic and dance per­for­mances. Staff mem­bers from the em­bassy and their chil­dren danced and sang tra­di­tional songs to draw event- go­ers' at­ten­tion. The booth dis­played spe­cialty foods, as well as pic­tures and videos de­signed to in­tro­duce lo­cal land­scapes and tra­di­tional cos­tumes to vis­i­tors. Fea­tured foods in­cluded lo­cal favourites such as cous­cous, bazin and tarts (a kind of Libyan pie). Pho­tog­ra­phy fo­cused on the Sa­hara Desert, home of Libyans' an­cient civil­i­sa­tion. With a long his­tory of over 2,700 years, the mil­i­tary and trade hub of Tripoli still serves as the na­tion's cap­i­tal. Libya hoped to at­tract more vis­i­tors to their coun­try by dis­play­ing its unique at­trac­tions.

Libya has a close re­la­tion­ship with China. The Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive re­mains strong re­gard­less of any tur­moil in the re­gion, bring­ing ben­e­fits to all par­tic­i­pants in the agree­ment.

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