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French state secretary in Libya for business ties


14:18, December 21, 2011

PARIS, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- French State Secretary for Trade Pierre Lellouche flew to Libya on Tuesday for a two-day visit to strengthen economic ties with Africa's largest oil exporter, French Economy, Finances and Industry Ministry said.

In a statement posted on its website, the ministry added that Lellouche headed a delegation composed of 100 French medium and small enterprises "to meet the new Libyan government and to work towards the establishment of a special economic partnership between France and Libya."

France which advocated a military operation in Libya to oust former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was suspected to have signed furtive deals to secure part of Libya's rich oil resources.

In September, the French daily Liberation said the National Transition Council (NTC) has signed a deal with Paris promising to more than a third of Libya's oil for French companies in exchange for support.

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