BEIRUT: Libyan Prime Minister Abdul-Rahman al-Kib said Monday that there would be nearly 1 million job opportunities for Egyptian migrant workers in Libya in the near future, according to media reports.
Ayman al-Mashrafa – Egypt’s deputy foreign minister responsible for North African affairs – relayed Kib’s comments after the Libyan prime minister’s discussions with officials in Cairo, accompanied by a high-level delegation, including eight ministers from Libya’s transitional government.
Kib met with Egypt’s President Mohammad Mursi and Prime Minister Hisham Qandil to discuss increasing bilateral cooperation in a number of areas, particularly in commerce, industry, education and agriculture, Egyptian and Libyan media reported.
During the talks, Kib highlighted that there would be numerous opportunities for Egyptian workers and companies in Libya in the coming years, particularly in his country’s developing IT, petroleum and construction sectors.
After the talks, Qandil said in a joint news conference with Kib that Egypt and Libya would sign a memorandum of understanding on labor issues discussed in the talks.
He also said that Egypt would cooperate with Libya on the return of assets belonging to the officials from the Moammar Gadhafi regime in a way that would satisfy all sides.
The Libyan delegation heads to Morocco Tuesday on an official two-day visit to discuss the volatile situation in northern Mali, and improving economic cooperation between the nations.
Libya’s relations with Egypt and Morocco were tense during Gadhafi’s rule, but have improved considerably since his ouster last year.