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EU proposes negotiations on cooperation agreement with Libya

EU proposes negotiations on cooperation agreement with Libya

The European Commission on Wednesday proposed opening negotiations with Libya aimed at striking an agreement that would open up trade and boost economic and political cooperation in a sign of warming relations with the North African nation
The European Union's executive branch says it hopes to start the talks this year.
"This is a historic decision. Libya is an important player in the Mediterranean region and in Africa, and so far has no framework for relations with the EU," EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said. "I am confident that the agreement will create solid and long-lasting relations between Libya and the EU."
Such an agreement would be similar to those which the EU has with other countries in North Africa and the Middle East, and it would include free trade provisions as well as setting up cooperation in areas such as security, human rights, migration and development.
The decision to launch talks is expected to be approved by the 27 EU member nations, which authorized the commission to draw up a negotiating mandate last year.
Relations between the EU and Libya have improved since Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi announced in 2003 that he was dismantling Libya's secret nuclear weapons program.
The release last year of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, who had spent eight years in Libyan jails because of allegations that they had infected more than 400 children with HIV, removed a remaining obstacle to normalizing relations.


Updated : 2021-08-01 19:26 GMT+08:00