Thursday, 25 November 2010

Libya and Ukraine sign co-operation agreements

The joined committee of Libya and Ukraine have signed several agreements to strengthen bilateral co-operation between the two countries. The Secretary of the Libyan General People's Committee Mahmoud al-Baghdadi and Ukraine's Prime Minister Mykola Azarov commended the outcome of the meeting.

The first agreement signed stipulated greater co-operation in the areas of commerce, industry and agriculture. The second agreement covered an MoU between the Libyan Press Agency (JANA) and the Ukrainian News Agency (Ukrania New Form) stipulating greater collaboration in exchange of information and staff training. The nature of the third agreement is unclear, but it is believed to be a draft agreement for the cancellation of visas regarding diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Speaking to the press, shortly after the signing ceremony, both officials commended the new agreements. Baghdadi said Libya and Ukraine have a long history of co-operation in a diverse range of areas including, health, education, military and nuclear power. He added that Ukraine will participate in development projects currently underway in Libya, particularly in the country's infrastructure and subway construction.

Azarov said that the new co-operation agreements are a milestone in the relations between the two countries, and expressed great optimism for the future.

Source: Afrique en ligne

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