Austrian far-right figurehead Joerg Haider said, upon his return from Tripoli overnight Thursday, that he had forged economic ties with Libya.
Haider spent two days in Libya along with a large delegation of businessmen and oil experts from the southern Austrian province of Carinthia, where he is governor.
The former leader of Austria's right-wing Freedom Party, upon his return at the airport in Klagenfurt, the capital of Carinthia, said that his talks notably concerned the banking and timber sectors.
In Libya "there is a strong market," he said. "We are not spectators, we are taking our chance," the APA news agency reported Haider as saying.
"I didn't meet Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi," added Haider. He described Kadhafi as a "stable factor in north and central Africa" and said he had invited the Libyan president to visit Carinthia.
President of Carinthia's Hypo-Bank, Wolfgang Kulterer, who accompanied Haider in Libya, said a deal had been reached between his bank and the Libyan state bank "in the petrol sector," APA reported.
Haider said that Libyan petrol was "the best petrol in the world".
Carinthia's biggest timber merchant, Hans Tilly, who also made the Libya trip, said that "thanks to Haider, we had the possibility of being received at a higher level" – VIENNA (AFP)
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