Thu. Jul 18th, 2024

Fees for consular services provided to members of the Moroccan community residing in Libya have increased, causing great concern and resentment in Moroccan circles in Libya.

Individuals complain that it is difficult to access essential consular services, such as passport renewals, because they consider that the fees imposed have exceeded their financial means.

The executive director of the Libyan-Moroccan Friendship Association, Mohamed Hassan Al-Wathiq, stressed that these fees, which have been unified and determined by regulatory texts from the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, constitute a great burden on the Moroccan community in light of the difficult economic conditions in Libya.

The fee hike coincided with the decision of the Libyan banking authorities to impose a 27% tax on the purchase of foreign currency, which led to a rise in the dollar exchange rate.

Consequently, consular fees have become a very large amount for Moroccans in Libya, where they face significant financial difficulties in meeting these new financial obligations.

Al-Wathiq called for the need to take exceptional measures to help the Moroccan community in Libya, whether by completely exempting them from these fees or providing partial exemptions, in order to reduce their financial burden and ensure their easy access to consular services.

For their part, the Libyan authorities issued a decision to impose a tax on the official exchange rate of foreign currencies at 27% until the end of this year, which led to a deterioration in the purchasing power of citizens and worsened the economic situation.

At the same time, foreign currencies have seen a rise in the Libyan parallel market, where the dollar and euro have risen against the Libyan dinar, adding an additional burden to the Moroccan and other foreign communities in the country.



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