Spanish foreign minister to attend Libyan anniversary

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The 40th anniversary of Moamer Kadhafi's regime in Tripoli will be attended by Spain's foreign minister.

Madrid – Spain's foreign minister will attend the celebrations in Tripoli marking the 40th anniversary of Moamer Kadhafi's regime next week, a government source said Thursday.

Miguel Angel Moratinos will only spend one day in Libya for the anniversary on Tuesday of the 1969 coup which brought Kadhafi to power, the source said.

The government in Tripoli has said Spain's King Juan Carlos and his wife Queen Sofia may also attend, but this has not been confirmed or denied by the royal palace.

The planned celebrations come amid a new downturn in Libya's relations with the West after Scottish authorities released on compassionate grounds the terminally ill Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, convicted of the 1988 bombing of a US airliner over the town of Lockerbie that killed 270 people.

France, Italy and Russia Thursday all denied that they would send top leaders to the anniversary celebrations.

Spain is an important trading partner of Libya, where the oil group Repsol YPF and construction company Sacyr are both present.

Kadhafi made an official visit to Spain in December 2007, just after a controversial visit to France. King Juan Carlos also visited Libya last January.

AFP / Expatica

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