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Thursday, 31 March 2011

Libyan Foreign Minister flees to the UK

وزير خارجية نظام القذافي يفر الى بريطانيا

Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa has dealt a heavy blow to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi by being one of his closest allies to quit and flee to Britain, according to a government spokesperson.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We can confirm that Moussa Koussa arrived at Farnborough Airport on 30 March from Tunisia. He travelled here under his own free will. He has told us he is resigning his post.

The spokesman added: "Koussa is one of the most senior figures in Gaddafi's government and his role was to represent the regime internationally - something that he is no longer willing to do... We encourage those around Gaddafi to abandon him and embrace a better future for Libya that allows political transition and real reform that meets the aspirations of the Libyan people."

Kusa has long been a key player in Gaddafi's regime, and previously acted as the country's representative in Britain.

He was widely credited with persuading the dictator to reach an accommodation with the West and stop developing weapons and funding terrorism.

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