European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Tuesday the European Union could move to normalize trade and political ties with Libya now that it has released five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor.
"We hope to go on further normalizing our relations with Libya. Our relations with Libya were in a large extent blocked by the non-settlement of this medics issue," Barroso told reporters. He said the 27-nation bloc could move to include Libya in regional trade and aid ties with other Mediterranean countries. The EU is also keen to cooperate closely with Libya on migration issues.
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