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Libyan envoy holds Foreign Ministry talks in Athens

An envoy acting on behalf of Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Gadhafi met with Greek Foreign Ministry officials in Athens on Thursday.

Mohamed Tahir Siala held talks with Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Dollis as part of a Libyan diplomatic effort to make contact with European governments. Siala was in Portugal on Wednesday.

The meeting took place after Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas discussed the situation in Libya, where clashes between government forces and pro-democracy rebels have intensifies, with the European Union?s foreign policy chief Cathrine Ashton.

NATO and European Union officials are to meet in Brussels on Thursday and Friday to discuss the upheaval in the North African country.

The meeting in Athens follows a telephone conversation between the Libyan leader and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou on Tuesday evening.

During their discussion, Gadhafi warned the EU not to intervene in his country?s affairs and asked Papandreou to convey this message to his European counterparts.

Gadhafi, who made the call to Papandreou, apparently warned that ?any violation of Libya’s security or stability would necessarily have dire consequences for the security in north Africa, the Mediterranean rim and Europe?.