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Gaddafi begins first visit to Italy – interview w GD

June 10, 2009

Vatican Radio, 10 June 09

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi began his first visit to Italy today. His four-day visit includes an address to the Italian Senate, and a meeting with some of the 20,000 Italians who were expelled from Libya in 1970, when Italian occupation of the north African country ended. Relations between Italy and Libya have warmed over the last few years, capped by an Italian compensation deal for Libyan occupation. In return, Libya agreed to a new immigration accord under which Italy repatriates migrants who set off from the Libyan coast.

The Vatican, the UN and refugee groups have criticized the agreement. We spoke to Guy Dinmore, Correspondent for the Financial Times here in Rome.

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