Senior Libya official flies to Greece: Tunisian source

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 03, 2011 11:04 AM
Senior Libya official flies to Greece: Tunisian source

TUNIS (Reuters) - Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Abdelati Obeidi has crossed from Libya into neighboring Tunisia and from there flown to the Greek capital, a security source at Tunisia's Djerba airport told Reuters on Sunday.

Asked about Obeidi's whereabouts, the security source, who did not want to be identified said: "He traveled to Athens."

Earlier, Tunisia's official TAP news agency said Obeidi crossed overland into Tunisia and was heading to Djerba airport, near the border. It said Obeidi was not on an official visit to Tunisia and had not been in contact with Tunisian officials.

Last week Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa crossed into Tunisia and then flew from Djerba airport to southern England. The British government said he had defected.

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

He served as prime minister under Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in the late 1970s, and later was head of the General People's Congress, or parliament. His current post is minister of state for European affairs.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Elizabeth Fullerton)