04 APR 2011
By Elena Becatoros | The Associated Press
ATHENS, Greece — The Libyan government is seeking a way out of the crisis, with an envoy of Moammar Gadhafi meeting with the Greek prime minister in Athens on Sunday and due to head to Turkey and Malta as part of efforts to find a solution, Greek officials said.
Abdul-Ati al-Obeidi, a former Libyan prime minister who has served as a Gadhafi envoy during the recent crisis and is now acting foreign minister, held talks with Prime Minister George Papandreou Sunday night following a request by the Libyan prime minister.
"From the Libyan envoy's comments it appears that the regime is seeking a solution," Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas said in a statement after the meeting.
Few other details of the talks were released publicly. Droutsas said al-Obeidi was to continue his talks with contacts in Turkey on Monday and then with Malta.
A Greek government official said diplomatic efforts included seeking how a cease-fire could be arranged, but described the situation as "very difficult" and said there was "a lot of mistrust on both sides."
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the contents of the talks, said Greece was seeking solutions that could "help the first step" and that the "channels of communication" would remain open.
Greece, which is both a European Union and NATO member, has traditionally had good relations with Libya and Gadhafi, whom Papandreou visited last summer. Another Libyan envoy had visited Athens in March and held talks at the Foreign Ministry before a European Union meeting that month to discuss the crisis.
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