Tripoli, March 20: A . . .[restrict]team of French senators who are all member of the French Senate’s finance committee arrived in Tripoli this afternoon. The 36-hour visit as part of a working trip to North Africa to look at the impact of the Arab Spring on its economies and society. They are also visiting Egypt and Tunisia.
Led by Philippe Marini, the committee’s president, the six-strong all-party team from France’s upper house also comprises its two vice-presidents, Yvon Collin and Aymeri de Montesquiou, as well as Roland du Luart, Jean-Vincent Place and Michel Berson.
The delegation met with prime minister Abdurahhim Al-Kib shortly after arriving, While in In Tripoli, they are also scheduled to to meet with the Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagur Al-Ghaith, Central Bank of Libya Governor Saddek Elkaber, Planning Minister Isa Tuwejri, Deputy Minister of Oil and Gas Mohamed Khalat as well as other leading Libyan figures.
Marini has long links with the Arab world. He heads the Franco-Saudi Arabian and Gulf Friendship Group in the Senate as well being deputy chairman of its France-Horn of Africa group. [/restrict]