India's Minister of State for External Affairs, E. Ahamed (pictured), has said that both President Mohammad Yousef Al-Magarief and Prime Minister Ali Zeidan told him that Libya welcomes back all Indians who fled due to the revolution.
According to a report from The Hindu, about 18,000 Indians fled the country, and many are yet to return. Almost all of them were involved in the medical and IT sectors.
Mr. Ahamed raised the issue of Indian businessmen who suffered losses due to the revolution. The Libyan leadership is understood to have told Mr. Ahamed that it would look into the possibility of some businesspersons being compensated, but this would be on a case-by-case basis.
New Delhi expressed its keenness to enter into direct long-term oil contracts with Libya, rather than routing oil trade through middlemen based in Western Europe.
(Source: The Hindu)