|EU-Libya launch talks on wide-ranging agreement.||2008-09-17|
Malta was represented on Sunday in preliminary talks between Libya and the European Commission on an EU-Libya Framework Agreement, paving the way for the official launching of negotiations later this year.
The negotiations will cover a wide range of political, economic and consular issues including energy, illegal migration, fisheries, visa facilitation, trade, education, agriculture to cultural heritage, the Foreign Ministry said.
Leading the talks on Sunday were Abdulati Ibrahim El Obeidi, Secretary for European Affairs at the Libyan Foreign Ministry and French Ambassador François Gouyette and Deputy Director General Hugues Mingarelli represented the EU Presidency and the European Commission respectively.
Maltese Ambassador Joseph Cassar attended as an observer along with First Counsellor Dr. Joseph Pirotta.
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