The European Union (EU) Ambassador to Libya, Nicola Orlando, called for the need to protect Libyan cultural heritage from plunder, trafficking and vandalism, noting that the heritage represents “rich and shared Mediterranean roots."

The EU Ambassador opened Sunday in Tripoli an international conference on protecting the Libyan cultural heritage, in which 20 experts from five European countries, archaeological missions and representatives of law enforcement agencies from Italy participated, in cooperation with the Department of Antiquities and the Tourist Police of the Ministry of the Interior.

"Libya's cultural heritage is extraordinary. It belongs to all Libyans and to humanity, and represents our rich and shared Mediterranean roots. Libya's economic potential and job opportunities are great," Orlando said, explaining that this is why we must protect it together from plunder, trafficking and vandalism.

Orlando stressed that the European Union and member states are proud of their partnership to protect and preserve Libyan cultural heritage, which contributes to strengthening national unity and reconciliation.