A Libyan delegation, led by the Libyan Ambassador to Madrid Walid Abdallah, visited the Executive Director at IOC headquarters. The Ambassador was accompanied by two representatives of the Biological Research Centre in Tripoli: Dr Adam Elzagheid, the Director General, and Dr Inas Alhudiri, the Head of the Genetic Engineering Department.
The main objective of this meeting was to study the technical ways and means to include the olive variety ‘Tripolitaine’ in the future catalogue of the main varieties of the IOC member countries.
Other subjects were discussed, such as the granting of IOC recognition for Libyan laboratories for the chemical and sensory analysis of olive oils and the implementation of the agreements between Libya and the IOC.
A video conference was then organised between the participants of this meeting and the University of Córdoba (Spain), which was represented by Prof. Luis Rallo, to discuss the identification of the ‘Tripolitaine’ variety and to exchange additional information on the characterisation and authentication of this variety.