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Libyan envoy meets Papandreou in Athens

A senior official of the embattled Libyan government met with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou in Athens late on Sunday, Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas said.

?From the statemnts of the Libyan envoy it appears that the regime is seeking a solution,? Droutsas said following a meeting between Papandreou and Abdelati Obeidi, a former Libyan prime minister who is currently the acting foreign minister.

Earlier on Sunday, there had been speculation about Obeidi bringing a message to Papandreou from Colonel Muammar Gadhafi who had a good relationship with Papandreou?s late father Andreas.

A written statement from Papandreou?s office on Sunday said that Papandreou agreed to meet Obeidi following a request made by Libyan Prime Minister al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmudi by telephone on Saturday. Over the weekend Papandreou also spoke by telephone with his counterparts in Britain, Qatar and Turkey, the statement said.

Obeidi is to travel to Turkey and Malta over the coming days as the Libyan government seeks a way out of the crisis, Droutsas added on Sunday.