Sunday, April 3, 2011

Libyan official in Greece for talks

Libya's deputy foreign minister tells Greek prime minister Tripoli wants to end the fighting.

(Al Jazeera) - Abdel Ati al-Obeidi, Libya's acting foreign minister, told the Greek prime minister in Athens that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi wants the fighting to end.

"It seems that the Libyan authorities are seeking a solution," Dimitris Droutsas, the Greek foreign minister, said.

He added that Obeidi planned to travel on to Malta and Turkey.

Obeidi crossed into neighbouring Tunisia and travelled from Djerba airport to the Greek capital on Sunday.

"They (Libyan government) requested to send an envoy with a message for prime minister George Papandreou and that is why he is in Athens," a senior Greek government official said.

In Tripoli, the Libyan capital, Libyan officials were not immediately available to comment on Obeidi's movements.

The Libyan official met with Papandreou later on Sunday evening.

Papandreou's office said Baghdadi al-Mahmudi, the Libyan prime minister, requested Obeidi's visit during a phone conversation on Saturday. Papandreou also discussed the Libyan crisis with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, on Sunday.

Papandreou has been talking by phone with the leaders of Qatar, Turkey and Britain over the last two days.