Libyan envoy to hold talks in Athens

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Posted: Mar 10, 2011 1:51 AM
Libyan envoy to hold talks in Athens

A Libyan envoy is to meet with Greece's deputy foreign minister and the ministry's secretary general, as part of Libyan diplomatic efforts ahead of a European Union meeting to discuss the upheaval in the country.

Mohamed Tahir Siala's meeting Thursday with the deputy minister, Dimitris Dollis, and with Ioannis Zeppos comes after similar talks were held in Lisbon with Portugal's Foreign Minister Luis Amado on Wednesday night.

The Greek ministry said the meeting was arranged in agreement with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton ahead of the EU foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels later Thursday.

Greece has traditionally had good relations with Libya and its leader Moammar Gadhafi, with whom Prime Minister George Papandreou held talks during a visit there last summer.