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North Africa

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what occasions he or officials from his Department have met representatives of the governments of (a) Sudan and (b) Libya since 1997. (225483)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and his officials have met representatives of the Governments of Sudan regularly since 1997. Diplomatic relations between Libya and the UK were resumed in 1999. Since then UK officials have met regularly in Tripoli and London with the representatives of the Libyan Government.

The Foreign Secretary met Sudanese Vice President Taha on 27 September in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly to discuss Darfur and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between north and south Sudan.

The Foreign Secretary met the Libyan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Abdurrahman Shalgam, on 7 January.

In order to provide this information records would need to be collated from our various departments in London and posts overseas which would incur a disproportionate cost.