TRIPOLI, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Libya's Education Minister Othman Abdul-Jalil on Sunday called on Turkish companies to return and help build schools to replace the dilapidated schools in the country.
Abdul-Jalil made his remarks during a meeting with the Turkish Ambassador to Libya Emrullah Isler in the capital Tripoli, according to a statement issued by the Education Ministry.
The two officials discussed cooperation between the two countries, particularly graduate scholarships for Libyan students in Turkey, the statement said.
The two officials also agreed to rehabilitate higher technical institutes in Libya and train Libyan educators in the near future, the statement added.
"The Turkish ambassador stressed his country's willingness to cooperate with the Libyan Ministry of Education, pointing out that his country encourages Turkish companies to return to Libya," the statement said.
Most foreign companies in Libya have left since 2014 when violent clashes between rival armed groups broke out in Tripoli, leading to lingering political division across the country.
The North African nation is struggling to provide basic services to the people, mainly proper education and healthcare, amid armed conflict and economic instability.