Col. Gaddafi accepts invitation to visit Croatia (HINA)
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has accepted an invitation to come to Croatia and the visit could take place as early as this year, Croatian President Stjepan Mesić said in Sirt on Tuesday.
President Mesić and Colonel Gaddafi discussed bilateral and other issues yesterday, the first day of Mesić's second visit to Libya. The two officials concluded that political relations were excellent, but that economic ties had to be strengthened.
President Mesić said Croatia wanted Libyan companies to find their place on the Croatian market and to use Croatia as a gateway to the Southeast European market. He added that Croatia's economy could use Libya to reach the regional market.
"That's a big opportunity that Croatia's economy must use now because, unfortunately, we didn't use our entry into Libya the first time," Mesić said, stressing that the Croatian government and respective ministries must become more engaged in relations with Libya.
Earlier today, President Mesić visited the complex of water conduits and storage reservoirs used to bring water from oases in southernmost Libya to the north of the country.
Later today, President Mesić is due to meet Gaddafi again before visiting Tripoli.