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Revealed: Gaddafi envoy in Britain for secret talks

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 1, 2011

Exclusive: Contact with senior aide believed to be one of a number between Libyan officials and west amid signs regime may be looking for exit strategy

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Colonel Gaddafi’s regime has sent one of its most trusted envoys to London for confidential talks with British officials,

Supporters of the Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi stage a rally in Tripoli. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

the Guardian can reveal.

Mohammed Ismail, a senior aide to Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam, visited London in recent days, British government sources familiar with the meeting have confirmed. The contacts with Ismail are believed to have been one of a number between Libyan officials and the west in the last fortnight, amid signs that the regime may be looking for an exit strategy.

Disclosure of Ismail’s visit comes in the immediate aftermath of the defection to Britain of Moussa Koussa, Libya‘s foreign minister and its former external intelligence head, who has been Britain’s main conduit to the Gaddafi regime since the early 1990s.

A team led by the British ambassador to Libya, Richard Northern, and MI6 officers embarked on a lengthy debriefing of Koussa at a safe house after he flew into Farnborough airport on Wednesday night from Tunisia. Government sources said the questioning would take time because Koussa’s state of mind was “delicate” after he left his family in Libya. Read the rest of this entry »

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Breaking News:Libyan minister arrives in London on surprise visit

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 30, 2011

Libya’s foreign minister Moussa Koussa has arrived in London on a surprise visit from Tunisia, amid

The Libyan government says its foreign minister Moussa Koussa is not defecting

reports he has defected.

A Libyan government spokesman insisted Mr Koussa – in his post for two years – had not defected, but was travelling abroad on a diplomatic mission.

The BBC’s Nick Robinson said sources had told him they were confident he had come to London to escape the regime.

It comes as the UK takes steps to expel five Libyan diplomats.

Foreign Secretary William Hague told MPs the five, who include the military attache, “could pose a threat” to UK security.

The development comes as rebels fighting Libyan government forces are continuing to lose ground and are retreating from their former strongholds along the eastern coast of Libya.

Earlier, Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK was not ruling out providing arms to rebels in “certain circumstances” but no decision had been taken. Read the rest of this entry »

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