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Draghi Picks Libya for First Trip, Seeking Stronger Ties

  • Italy premier meets Libyan counterpart for talks in Tripoli
  • Draghi looks to infrastructure, energy and health sectors
Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeibah, right, and Mario Draghi during a reception ceremony in Tripoli, Libya, on April 6.
Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeibah, right, and Mario Draghi during a reception ceremony in Tripoli, Libya, on April 6.Photographer: Mahud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images
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Italy’s Mario Draghi, choosing Libya for his first foreign trip as prime minister, pledged to intensify cooperation between the two nations in a range of sectors including infrastructure, energy and health.

The premier, who’s striving to rebuild influence in Italy’s former colony, told reporters after talks in Tripoli with counterpart Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeibah that his visit “itself demonstrates the importance of a historic link between the two countries.”