Libyan prime minister visits Russia

Aug. 1, 2008 at 1:51 AM
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MOSCOW, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The prime minister of Libya, on a visit to Moscow, said his country plans to buy arms from Russia.

The minister, al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi, met Thursday with his Russian counterpart, former President Vladimir Putin, the Novosti News Agency reported.

"We are committed to continuing cooperation in the military-technical sphere, among others, especially since the Libyan leadership has confirmed its interest in buying quality products from the Russian defense industry," Putin said.

Putin and Mahmoudi discussed Libyan plans for a desalinization plant linked to a nuclear power plant. They also talked about Russian investment plans in oil and gas exploration in Libya.

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