Turkey, Libya Agree to Mend Broken Ties

Published May 6th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Turkey and Libya have decided to improve their troubled relationship in bilateral talks held in Tripoli earlier in the week, the Turkish foreign ministry said Friday. 

"During the meetings (the two sides) agreed to boost political and cultural ties as well as economic cooperation," the statement said in reference to three days of talks between Turkish and Libyan diplomats that ended Wednesday. 

"They also agreed that mutual visits would be beneficial" for bilateral relations, it added. 

The Turkish delegation was led by foreign ministry deputy undersecretary Ugur Ziyal, while deputy foreign minister Saad Mustafa Mucber headed the Libyans. 

Ankara and Tripoli have long been at odds because of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's vocal criticism of Turkey, particularly of its policies regarding separatist Kurdish rebels. 

Bilateral ties have also suffered because of Libya's failure to pay millions of dollars in arrears to Turkish contractors who undertook construction projects in Libya in the 1980s -- ANKARA (AFP). 


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