|Muammar Gaddafi of Libya|
The two leaders reviewed Libyan-funded projects in Liberia and overall bilateral cooperation between the two countries. They both expressed concern at the slow progress and bureaucratic hurdles in implementing the projects which include the Ducor Palace Hotel, a rubber processing plant, a rice project in Lofa County, and Libyan-donated tractors. The Liberian President also held detailed discussions with the Prime Minister and members of the Libyan Cabinet.
Following the various discussions, Libya agreed to speed up the implementation of its funded projects in Liberia. A delegation of senior officials of the Libyan African Investment Company (LAICO) and the Libyan African Development Fund will arrive in Liberia within a week to conclude talks on the projects. In addition, a 10-man Libyan team has been dispatched to work with Liberian farmers in the use of donated tractors, which will help improve agricultural productivity in the country.
Libya also gave assurances of its willingness to support Liberia's infrastructural development, including roads and bridges, through multilateral development finance institutions in which Libyan presence is meaningful, such as the African Development Bank and the CEN-SAD Investment Bank.
The Liberian and Libyan leaders also consulted on the situation in Côte d'Ivoire and its implications for the West Africa region. They agreed that if there is no early resolution of the problem, Liberia will face a humanitarian crisis of unimaginable proportions. Libya promised to send humanitarian aid to Liberia within one week, to assist with the more than 20,000 refugees who have flooded into Liberia from neighboring Ivory Coast.
The Liberian Head of State made two stopovers in Niamey, Niger, en route to and from Tripoli. She was warmly greeted by the Head of the Interim Government, the Prime Minister and high-ranking officials. The Nigerien Head of State informed the Liberian leader that Niger's electoral process was on schedule, and reiterated his government's commitment to turn over power peacefully to the elected government.
The Liberian President expressed satisfaction at the progress being made in Niger's electoral process. She commended the Head of the Interim Government for his commitment to ensure a smooth and peaceful transition to democratic rule. The Liberian leader had headed the ECOWAS Mediation Team on Niger, prior to the military takeover in that country.