By Farah Waleed.
Tripoli, 9 April 2013:
Egypt’s Chief of Staff, General Sedki Sobhi, arrived in Tripoli today at the head of a . . .[restrict]large military delegation for a two-day visit designed to strengthen military links between the two neighbours.
The delegation, which includes a number of the Egyptian army and navy officials, was welcomed at Mitiga Airport by Libyan Chief of Staff Major-General Yusef Mangoush.
General Sobhi later met with the Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, the President of the General National Congress, Mohamed Magarief, Interior Minister Ashour Shuwail and Defense Minister Mohamed Barghati.
Talks focused on ways of enhancing military ties between the two countries.
Cooperation is expected to cover training, technical support and military consultancy. According to Mangoush, Libya believes that the Egyptian army has the skills in a number of fields that it needs.
There are already arrangements for training some members of the Libyan army in Egypt.
It is expected that Sobhi will visit army and naval colleges in Tripoli.
Egyptian-Libyan relations has faced a number of difficulties recently,the most notable being attacks on Egyptian Copts and their churches in Libya and demands from Tripoli that Cairo hand over a senior officials from the Qaddafi regime. [/restrict]