Egypt military ruler to visit Libya: report
Ahram Online, Saturday 14 Jan 2012
Hussein Tantawi's visit to Libya Monday is his first to the neighbouring country since he assumed power in the wake of 25 January Revolution


Egypt's military ruler, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, is to visit Libya Monday to bolster ties between the two neighbouring countries where popular protests have unseated veteran leaders, Al-Ahram newspaper reports.

"Tantawi will visit Tripoli the day after tomorrow to open a new page with Libya," the newspaper said Saturday.He will hold talks with the leader of the National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, it added.

Talks with Libya's interim rulers, including Prime Minister Abdel Rahim Al-Kib, will include "Egypt's participation in the reconstruction of Libya" as well as Libyan investments in Egypt.Last week, Abdel Jalil said that Libya will review all its investments abroad, with some overseas projects expected to be halted.

"There are some investments that could be developed and others that it would be better to terminate for the good of the Libyan people," he said.

Tantawi heads the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) which has ruled Egypt since veteran president Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February last year following an 18-day popular uprising.

Until its overthrow last year, the regime of Muammar Gaddafi invested vast sums of money in Africa, the Arab world and beyond, from a sovereign wealth fund set up in 2006.

"Field Marshal Tantawi's visit underscores the importance of ties between the two countries," NTC deputy chief Abdel Hafiz Ghoga told Al-Ahram, adding he expected Libya's investments in Egypt to grow.

According to the paper, several cabinet ministers were to travel to Libya Saturday ahead of Tantawi, including the ministers of electricity, tourism, planning and labour. Libya is home to a large community of Egyptian expatriates.

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