Libyan foreign minister crosses Tunisian border: Report

Abdelati Obeidi entered Tunisia through the main transit point of Ras Jdir.

Updated: Apr 24, 2011, 13:02 PM IST

Cairo: Libyan Foreign Minister Abdelati Obeidi crossed the border into Tunisia on Saturday, Tunisia`s state TAP news agency said.

TAP said Obeidi, who entered Tunisia through the main transit point of Ras Jdir on the Tunisian-Libyan border, was heading to Djerba airport.

It said he was believed to be on his way to Cyprus, but a senior Cypriot government source said: "We cannot confirm this report, he is not coming to Cyprus."

A security source at Djerba airport said Obeidi later took a flight to the capital Tunis.

Obeidi was promoted to foreign minister after the defection of his predecessor Moussa Koussa to Britain.

He visited Cyprus earlier this month to discuss the conflict, and held talks with government officials in Greece, Turkey and Malta as deputy foreign minister.

Bureau Report