Egypt military ruler to Libya on 1st state visit abroad
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 14, 2012, 23:13
Cairo: Egypt's military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi visits Libya on Monday to boost ties between the two neighbouring countries where popular protests have unseated veteran leaders, officials said.

It will be Tantawi's first state visit abroad since the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which he heads, took over following the ouster of president Hosni Mubarak in February after an 18-day revolt.

"The visit is aimed at finding new horizons for cooperation and for contributing to the reconstruction of Libya," a military official said.

Tantawi will be preceded to Tripoli by a high-powered delegation of cabinet ministers and businessmen, and talks with Libya's National Transitional Council leaders will focus on infrastructure and reconstruction projects.

"A number of agreements and protocols on cooperation are expected to be signed, including one concerning Egyptian workers entering Libya and their rights," the state-run MENA news agency reported.

The official Al-Ahram newspaper said "Tantawi will visit Tripoli the day after tomorrow to open a new page with Libya," after the ouster of strongman Muammar Gaddafi who was killed during his capture by rebels in October.

Tantawi will hold talks with NTC chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil and Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib that will also cover Libyan investments in Egypt.

Last week, Abdel Jalil said Libya will review all its investments abroad, with some overseas projects expected to be stopped.


First Published: Saturday, January 14, 2012, 23:13

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