Italy-Libya: priority relationship between us, Terzi

'Proof of trust', Deputy Planning Minister Elsaleh

29 November, 19:53

(ANSAmed) - MILAN, NOVEMBER 29 - Economic operators meeting here in an Italy-Libya entrepreneurial conference described relations between the two countries in glowing terms as a strategic and privileged partnership.

Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, fresh from his Libya mission, expressed ''satisfaction in witnessing the priority relationship between Italy and Libya.'' A delegation of Libyan politicians and entrepreneurs arrived here today to meet with representatives from 50 Lombard companies in various sectors (construction, plant engineering, food and agriculture) in an event organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Assolombarda. ''This is yet more proof of the mutual trust that exists between our two countries,'' said Libyan Deputy Planning Minister Ali Ahmed Elsaleh said.

''We're doing everything we can to encourage mutual trade,'' said Terzi. ''Things are moving and have been moved by the prime minister's visit last January. Today I am happy this delegation is here so we can continue working on several important issues.'' These range from infrastructure programs to joint ventures, from sharing Italian know-how to the pending issue of Italian companies' receivables.

Regarding the latter, which Elsaleh said the Libyan government is eager to resolve, Terzi explained that ''we are working very intensely, including through working groups activated by the foreign ministry, by other ministries and by the Libyans. In any case, I am told that payments for ongoing operations are being made in a satisfactory manner.'' The minister is weighing another possible trip to Libya.

''Trips can give an impulse, but the real work is being done every day, and it is going forward,'' Terzi said. (ANSAmed).

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