Kadhafi, Zapatero in talks on next EU-Africa summit: report

25th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Libyan leader Moamar Kadhafi and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero met here Thursday to ready an EU-Africa summit scheduled for later this year, Jana news agency said.

The two leaders stressed "the importance of preparing the third EU-Africa summit well, so it will contribute to the development of Africa and do away with clandestine immigration" to Europe, the agency said.

They also discussed the situation in Iraq and in the Palestinian territories.

Tripoli did not give details about Zapatero's programme during his snap visit which comes a week before the end of Spain's six-month EU presidency.

Spain played a major role in settling a diplomatic row between Libya and Switzerland that ended earlier this month when Tripoli allowed detained Swiss businessman Max Goeldi to return to his home country.

Goeldi and another businessman, Rachid Hamdani, had been blocked from leaving Libyan territory in a tit-for-tat action after the brief arrest in Switzerland of one of Moamer Kadhafi's sons in July 2008.

In September 2009, they were taken from the Swiss embassy, where they were staying, by Libyan officials to a secret location where they were held until November.

They were later returned to the embassy, and Hamdani was allowed to leave the country in February, while Goeldi was sentenced to jail for visa offences.

The EU-Africa summit is to take place November 29-30.

© 2010 AFP

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