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El-Keeb Calls for Active, Serious Arab Maghreb Union.

During his visit to Morocco, Mr Abdurrahim el Keeb also paid a courtesy call on King Mohammed VI in Casablanca By Ahmed M. ElKish At the end of the first visit to Morocco by a Libyan delegation since the overthrow of the former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi on Wednesday, the same day but earlier when the National Transitional Council, NTC, handed over to the new National Assembly, interim Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keeb who headed the delegation, called for the realisation of an 'active and serious' Arab Maghreb Union.

The Union has been dormant since 1994 following a dispute over the Western Sahara between Morocco and Algeria. But in his discussions with the Moroccan leaders, the Libyan official pointed out its importance to the region.

Addressing the media in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, alongside the Moroccan Foreign Minister Saad Eddine Othmani, he said: 'The Maghreb Union is a vessel that contains many of our dreams, but they will not be achieved unless there is a Maghreb Union that is active and serious. We want this to happen quickly.' The Arab Maghreb Union, AMU, formed in 1989, made up of Libya, Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia, is due to meet in the next summit in Tunisia in October. It could prove to be its relaunch . At the outset it was created as a trade agreement meant to achieve deeper political integration between its members.

Meanwhile, Mr el-Keeb urged Moroccans to participate in the reconstruction of Libya, ravaged by last year's conflict that ousted Gaddafi from power after almost 42 years in power.

Mr el-Keeb said that the door is wide open to those capable of contributing to the rebuilding of the new Libya, and that Morocco had an important role to play in this.

Before last year's revolution, Libya reportedly hosted an estimated 100,000 people, mostly workers employed in construction. Bilateral ties are now returning to normal and have have improved since the former regime was kicked out.

Morocco's top diplomat hailed the visit of the Libyan delegation, which included 10 ministers and the army chief of staff, as a 'new beginning' in the relationship of the two countries.

The visit of the Libyan delegation to Morocco, that included 10 ministers and the chief of staff of the army, has been hailed in Morocco as a new beginning for both countries.

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