Libyan foreign minister heads to London: report

30th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Libyan Foreign Minister Mussa Kussa headed to London on Wednesday following a two-day stay in Tunisia, a report said, shedding no light on the possible motivation of his visit.

Kussa left the Tunisian resort of Djerba "for London by a Swissair flight at 1 pm (1200 GMT)," the official Tunisian news agency TAP reported.

A major international conference in London on Tuesday edged closer to an exile plan for Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi and began mapping out a post-Kadhafi future for the war-torn north African nation.

Kadhafi has refused to step down and his forces continue to battle a rag-tag rebel army that is receiving backing from coalition air strikes, predominantly by planes from the United States, France and Britain.

Kussa's two-day stay in Libya's neighbor Tunisia was officially described as a "private visit."

He entered Tunisia overland at the Ras Jdir border crossing on Monday with Libyan deputy minister for European affairs Abdelati Laabidivia.

Several members of the Kadhafi regime, including ministers and senior military officers, have defected since the uprising against his 42-year-rule more than a month ago.

© 2011 AFP

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