Preparations continue in Tripoli ahead of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Libya.
Turkey's Ambassador to Tripoli Ali Kemal Aydin said this would be the first highest level visit from Turkey to Libya after the National Transitional Council (NTC) moved to Tripoli.
"This visit is important as it will make solidarity between Turkish and Libyan people obvious and as it will be an opportunity to congratulate the Libyans on succeeding the revolution," Aydin told AA correspondent.
Aydin said NTC authorities and the embassy were getting prepared to welcome Erdogan and accompanying delegation as well as they could and to contribute to success of the visit.
Erdogan will meet NTC Chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil and some other Libyan officials, and hold a joint press conference with Jalil. Turkish premier is expected to address Libyan people at the Martyrs Square--a symbol of revolution.
Premier Erdogan will also proceed to Benghazi.
In the meantime, the Rixos Hotel, which suspended service for some time during clashes in Tripoli, has been re-opened for Erdogan's visit. The hotel management brought 90 personnel and tons of foodstuff by a private plane.
The hotel, destroyed by Gadhafi's troops, were renovated and cleaned for the visit. Turkish security forces checked in the hotel before the scheduled visit, and took tight security measures around the hotel.
Moreover, some Libyan newspapers wrote about Erdogan's visit in their Thursday's edition. Alwatan newspaper referred to Erdogan's visit as well as visits by French and British leaders, whereas Alkalema newspaper published an interview of Ersat Hurmuzlu, the chief adviser of Turkish President Abdullah Gul, to Egyptian press organs.
In his interview, Hurmuzlu said Turkey found Gadhafi's regime as outdated, however many European countries allowed Gadhafi to set up his tent in their countries and welcomed him with red carpets. Hurmuzlu also said then, those countries joined attacks that targeted at Gadhafi and his regime.
Ersat Hurmuzlu said Turkish companies would continue investing in Libya in coming days as they had done so far.
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