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International interests in Libya
Why is the international community so interested in Libya?
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2011 11:47

Recip Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister, received a warm welcome as he arrived in Libya on Friday. The visit comes after the French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the British Prime Minister David Cameron were welcomed to the country on Thursday. 

Erdogan is currently visiting North Africa hoping to assert Turkey's regional influence. Senior Turkish businessmen are also travelling with him to talk about investment opportunities and business ties.

The visits of the three leaders come at a time when political and ideological divisions are reported to be growing among the new Libyan leadership. Why is the international community so interested in Libya? 

Inside Story, with presenter Shakuntala Santhiran, discusses with guests: Nasreldin Bukatif, a member of the International and Political Affairs Committee of the National Transitional Council; Abdulhamit Bilicit, a columnist for Today's Zaman newspaper; and Hall Gardener, a professor of political science and chair of the Department of International and Comparative Politics at the American University of Paris.

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