India's External Affairs Minister Starts Libya Visit on Sunday 13/04/2013 11:54:00
India's Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed is to pay a three-day visit to Libya beginning on Sunday April 14 during which he is scheduled to meet his Libyan counterpart and other high dignitaries.
Ahmed's visit will be the first high-level interaction with the political leadership of Libya iafter the 2011 Revolution that ousted dictator Gaddafi from power after four decades of rule..The visit will underline India's continued political and economic engagement with Libya.
Bilateral trade between the two countries has seen a significant growth with Indian exports reaching US$ 144 million and imports exceeding US$ 1.2 billion in the latter half of 2012-13.
Indian companies have expressed their intent to undertake projects in Libya. India has conveyed its readiness to Libya to extend assistance in Libya's political transition and also in rebuilding of the country.
A consignment of life saving medicines was handed over by the Minister of State to the Libyan side in January 2012.
Comment: India's initiative to enhance its constructive engagement with Libya in the spheres of education, healthcare and infrastructure development is really laudable. Let's hope and pray that the Indian foreign minister's state visit will boost the efforts. In fact, as the largest democracy in the world, India should strive to play a more important role in the new Libya, poised to be a thriving democracy.
Date: 17/04/2013 06:54:59
Comment: External Affairs Minister of India visit underlined India's continued political and economic engagement with Libya.