Egyptian delegation visits Libya to discuss future cooperation

Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr and Minister of Manpower and Immigration Ahmed Hassan al-Borai arrived in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Thursday evening, where they discussed with the interim National Transitional Council (NTC) government ways of enhancing cooperation between Egypt and Libya in the wake of the ouster of Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi.

Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces had asked the two ministers to visit the Libyan capital.

The two ministers are the first Arab officials to visit the Tripoli since the city was wrested from the Qadhafi government in a battle that began on 20 August.

Amr offered to support Libyans in achieving some immediate priorities, such as de-mining the areas surrounding some industrial and petroleum sites, providing adequate medical services, and printing textbooks to avoid wasting an academic year, said Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Amr Roshdy.

EgyptAir will resume flights to Libya immediately after the lifting of the NATO-imposed no-fly zone over Libya and the help rehabilitate Libya's airports, Amr also said according to Roshdy.

Roshdy said that Amr assured the NTC that Egypt would provide constitutional and legal experts to help prepare the country's new legislative framework, as well as support for civil administration and security.

The Egyptian delegation also focused on the situation of Egyptians living in Libya, stressing the importance of ensuring the rights of Egyptians forced to return to Libya and releasing Egyptians who were detained during the revolution, Roshdy said.

Amr also discussed strengthening the two countries' medium-term relationship, suggesting resuming meetings of the Egyptian-Libyan Higher Committee, which is headed by the Egyptian and Libyan prime ministers, Roshdy said.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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