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Salva Kiir in Libya to discuss South Sudan development

June 22, 2009 (SIRTE) — Sudanese First Vice President and President of southern Sudan government arrived today to Sirte airport where he will hold a series of meetings on Libyan contribution to southern Sudan development.

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Sudan FVP Salva Kiir Mayadrit after his arrival at Sirte Airport in Libya on June 22, 2009 (photo JANA)

Following his arrival Salva Kiir Mayadrit held a meeting with the Libyan Secretary General of the General People’s Committee (Prime minister) Al-Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmudi. The meeting was also attended by the Libyan ministers of foreign affairs, finance, the directors of Libyan foundation for investment and the Secretary for cooperation.

The talks dealt with ways to strengthen the joint cooperation in areas of economic development and investment in agriculture projects and natural resources.

It was agreed during this meeting on the implementation of a number of programs to be supervised by a joint committee from the two sides.

The Vice-President is accompanied by the foreign minister Deng Alor and Southern Sudan ministers for economy and transport. He is expected to meet the Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi on Tuesday.

The Sudanese foreign minister also discussed with his Libyan counterpart in a meeting held on Monday evening the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Libya had pledged in the past to support southern Sudan development programmes and to invest there. Since April 2008 Libya formally invited Kiir to visit its capital to discuss these issues.

(ST)