It is reported that Jordan’s Prime Minister, Awn Khasawneh, is to visit Libya next week. The objectives are said to be both . . .[restrict]political and economic. It will be the first visit to the new Libya by any Jordanian leading figure. Khasawneh, a former judge at the International Court of Justice, only became Jordan’s prime minister in October following protests there over the slow pace of reform.
Jordan has actively supported the new Libya. On 19 January it was announced that Jordan would train 10,000 revolutionary militiamen in order to integrate them into the Libyan armed forces. Libyan interior ministry military spokesman General Abdelmonem al-Tunsi said that following an agreement with Amman an initial batch of 1,000 militiamen would start training from 1 March. Thereafter, batches sent for training would comprise 2,000 former fighters.
Meanwhile, the head of the Jordan Chamber of Commerce Nael Kabariti has been reported as saying that Jordanian companies are preparing a trade mission to Libya to look into expanding Jordanian exports to the country as well as the possibilities of joint ventures in tourism and health treatment.
In January, Kabariti called on Egypt to provide facilities for Jordanian trucks crossing into Egypt en route to Libya.