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Egypt delegation to visit Libya this week

Egypt to help rebuild Libya after six months of civil war, says Egyptian Deputy Foreign Minister

Reuters, Monday 29 Aug 2011
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A senior Egyptian diplomat will lead a delegation to Libya this week to offer help to its new rulers, Middle Easy News Agency (MENA) reported on Sunday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Ayman al-Mashrafa said Egypt was ready to help its neighbour rebuild after six months of civil war and would assist it in areas such as health, education and mine clearence, the ministry said in a statement on MENA.

Egypt had around 1.5 million migrant workers in Libya before the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi broke out in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Cairo avoided taking sides in the conflict but kept the border with its neighbour open to aid supplies, making it impossible for Gaddafi to starve rebel areas into submission.

When rebel fighters captured most of the capital Tripoli last week, Egypt threw its weight behind the rebel leadership.

Mahmoud Jibril, leader Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC), visited Cairo over the weekend and spoke of Libya's strong ties with Egypt and the importance of Egyptian migrant labour to the oil-rich desert country's economy.

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