Libya, Spain sign pact to take care of 30 HIV-affected children

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya and Spain Thursday in Tripoli signed a cooperation agreement under which Spain will take care of 30 Libyan children living with HIV/AIDS.

The agreement was signed by the Director of the Department of European Affairs at the Libyan General People's Committee for External Relations and International Cooperation, Ahmed Jaroudi; Spanish Ambassador in Libya Luis Garcia Cerzo, and the Delegate of the EU Commission, Donata Von Sigsfeld.

It is part of the Memorandum of Understanding signed 23 July 2007 between Libya and the EU, concerning the settlement of the case of Libyan children infected with AIDS in Benghazi, North-eastern Libya.

The Director of the Department of European Affairs said that under this agreement, Spain will support medical care and associated costs for 30 Libyan children with AIDS in three regions of Spain, namely Madrid, Catalonia and Andalusia.

He also stressed that the agreement, sponsored by the EU, was signed in the context of the excellent relations between Libya and the Kingdom of Spain.

The Spanish ambassador in Tripoli said the agreement reflects the will of his country to participate in the implementation of the action plan of the hospital in Benghazi on the settlement of the case of Libyan children infected with AIDS virus, saying that the fact that these children were chosen in three different Spanish regions shows the involvement of local governments in the country.

In 2007, the EU and Libya signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which the EU committed itself to provide the necessary support to the Libyan children living with HIV/AIDS in European hospitals.
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17 december 2010 09:42:13

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