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Canada seeks trade in Libya talks
Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and Libya's Colonel Gaddafi
Now sanctions are gone, Canadian firms are eyeing opportunities
Canada's Prime Minister Paul Martin has had talks with Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi that were expected to focus on trade and business opportunities.

He is in Tripoli for a two-day visit that includes a meeting with Canadian firms seeking business in Libya.

Mr Martin is the latest in a series of foreign leaders to go to Libya since it renounced programmes for making weapons of mass destruction a year ago.

Last month saw the first visit by a French leader for more than 50 years.

Since Col Gaddafi denounced terrorism and agreed to stop developing weapons of mass destruction last year, sanctions have been lifted and there has been a huge shift in relations with the rest of the world.

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
French President Jacques Chirac

Apart from world leaders beating a path to Tripoli, there has been a steady stream of businessmen.

Mr Martin is scheduled to attend a round-table meeting in Tripoli with representatives of 17 Canadian companies that seek business in Libya.

Canada ranks Libya its 66th most important trading partner out of 100.

Last year, it exported goods worth $67m to Libya, and imported almost $9m worth of oil products.


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