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As Libyan crisis tops their agenda, Italian and Qatari Defense officials sign agreement on military training

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ROME – Italian Defense Minister Elisabetta Trenta received the Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah on Wednesday at the Ministry’s headquarters in Rome, where a “Technical Agreement for the Training of Qatari Military”.

A memorandum issued after the meeting between the Italian and Qatari Defense ministers said issues related to “Libya, the regional situation and bilateral cooperation topped the bilateral talks,” which took place in a “friendly atmosphere that underlined the already excellent relations between Italy and Qatar.”

According to the Italian Ministry of Defense, the visit of the Qatari Deputy Prime Minister was in preparation for the visit of Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to Rome on November 27-28.

Libyan activists accuse the governments of Italy and Qatar of agreeing to support the Islamist groups and their armed militias in Libya. The two countries agree to reject the holding of elections in Libya, which was agreed by the Libyan rival leaders at the Paris talks last May.

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