Diplomats said to be holding talks with EU officials in Brussels while deputy defence minister arrives in Cairo – Published on Al Jazeera, March 9, 2011.
Libyan envoys are in talks with European Union officials in Brussels, the Belgian capital, while the Libyan deputy defence minister has arrived in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, reports say.
The delegation in Brussels is also expected to meet NATO officials in the coming days.
The European Union’s 27 foreign ministers will be meeting in Brussels on Thursday in advance of a crisis summit on Libya.
Separately, defence ministers from the 28-member NATO alliance will also gather in Brussels to weigh options on Libya following calls for a no-fly zone to be enforced over the north African country.
“Certainly Colonel Gaddafi would want to try and stop that if at all possible and that’s why we’re seeing perhaps these diplomatic efforts,” Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher, reporting from Brussels, said.
“We’re hearing suggestions that Libyans may have been invited to Brussels for these talks by the White House. That still yet to be confirmed.”
Earlier on Wednesday, at least three private jets belonging to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi took off from a military airstrip outside the capital, Tripoli.
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… The Arab League is due to meet on Saturday to discuss the possibility of imposing a no-fly zone over Libya. Libyan delegates have been barred from attending the League’s meetings addressing the situation in the country. (full text).
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