Valletta, 14 April:
The leader of the Malta’s opposition Labour party, Joseph Muscat, was in Libya today for meetings with Libyan officials at the invitation of the NTC.
Muscat is leading a delegation that includes foreign minister Alex Sciberras Trigona who now acts as the party’s international secretary, Karmenu Vella who was Minister for the Industry and Minister for Tourism from 1995 till 1997, Michael Farrugia who is the party’s shadow minister for consumers and communication and Noel Farrugia, Labour’s spokesman on international development aid.
Vella was formerly chairman of Corinthia Hotels International, part of IHI which is 35 percent owned the Libyan Foreign Investment Company.
Muscat knows Libya well. The first visit he made abroad soon after becoming Labour leader in October 2008 was to Libya where he met with Muammar Qaddafi.
Speaking at the New Libya Forum held in Malta at the end of February, Muscat said that a Labour government there would give Libyans Maltese visas faster, would help Libya build its education healthcare, waste water and renewable energy sectors, and set up of “a proper and well-resourced” Maltese business centre in Tripoli