Morales in Libya, Iran for energy cooperation

Morales is due to meet Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi in the Mediterranean city of Benghazi on the first leg of a tour that will also take the left-wing president to Iran.

Morales in Libya, Iran for energy cooperation
Bolivian President Evo Morales on Saturday started a two-day visit which is expected to focus on increased energy cooperation.

Morales plans to seek Libyan investment in Bolivia's hydrocarbons industry which, despite having substantial energy reserves, is struggling to meet a commitment to pump natural gas to Argentina and Brazil, a Bolivian government source said.

Morales, who had visited Libya as a trade union leader, said he never dreamed he might visit the north African country again as the country's president, Libyan state news agency Jana reported.

Morales is due to meet Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi in the Mediterranean city of Benghazi on the first leg of a tour that will also take the left-wing president to Iran.

"This visit will strengthen relations between the two countries," Morales added.

His visit comes just two weeks after Bolivia opened diplomatic ties with Libya and also marks the 39th anniversary of the military coup in September 1969 that brought Kadhafi to power in the oil-rich north African state.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a brief visit to Bolivia last September and committed to investing in the country.

This March, Iran and Venezuela agreed to build two cement factories in the Bolivian highlands for a joint investment worth $230 million, official sources said at the time.

Agencies
Güncelleme Tarihi: 31 Ağustos 2008, 18:15
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