Swiss FM visits two Swiss detained in Libya
The pair was banned from leaving Libya amid a diplomatic dispute.Geneva -- Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey travelled to Libya the last week of May to visit two Swiss citizens who were banned from leaving Libya for over 300 days, her ministry said Friday.
The pair was unable to obtain exit visas to leave Libya amid a diplomatic dispute between Switzerland and Libya following Geneva police's arrest of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's son Hannibal.
The ministry said meetings held during Calmy-Rey's visit from Wednesday to Friday "brought about significant progress" towards resolving the conflict between the two countries.
Calmy-Rey was accompanied by the pair's spouses and a doctor.
"The Swiss foreign minister met the two Swiss citizens to lend support to them during this difficult situation and to get for herself an idea of their physical and psychological state of health," a statement said.
Hannibal Kadhafi and his wife, then pregnant, were arrested in a Geneva hotel in July after two of their domestic staff claimed they were abused.
The Kadhafis were eventually released and the complaint was dropped, but the case caused tensions between Libya and Switzerland.
Swiss firms are still unable to freely conduct business in Libya, the ministry added.
AFP / Expatica