Libyan envoy holds talks in Portugal

AP News
Posted: Mar 09, 2011 2:13 PM
Libyan envoy holds talks in Portugal

Portugal's Foreign Minister Luis Amado met Wednesday in Lisbon with an envoy from Tripoli to discuss the upheaval in Libya, a statement said.

The informal meeting at a hotel in the Portuguese capital was intended to inform Amado about what is happening in the North African country, according to the statement e-mailed to reporters.

The meeting was arranged in agreement with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and was part of preparations for a meeting of EU foreign ministers later this week to discuss the situation in Libya, the ministry said.

Amado is scheduled to travel to Brussels on Thursday for the meeting.

The statement, which was issued shortly after the meeting was announced, gave no further details. Foreign Ministry officials were not immediately available for comment.

Portugal has for years had warm ties with Libya and its leader Moammar Gadhafi.