Gaddafi envoy in Britain for secret talks on exit strategyApril 1st, 2011 - 1:59 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr.1 (ANI): Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi is reported to have sent a trusted envoy, Mohammed Ismail to London to discuss an exit strategy with the British Government.
British government sources have confirmed that Ismail, a senior aide to Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam, visited London recently amid signs that the regime may be looking for an exit strategy. His contacts with British officials are believed to have been one of many in the last fortnight.
Ismail is recognized by diplomats as being a key fixer and representative for Saif al-Islam. According to cables published by WikiLeaks, Ismail represented Libya’s government in arms purchase negotiations and as an interlocutor on military and political issues, the Guardian reports.
The Foreign Office has declined to comment on its contacts with Ismail or other regime officials, but it has been said that Gaddafi’s sons, foremost among them Saif al-Islam, Saadi and Mutassim, are anxious to talk.
Ismail’s visit was disclosed as an aftermath of Libya’s foreign minister and its former external intelligence head Moussa Koussa’s defection to Britain.
British Prime Minister David Cameron hailed the defection of Koussa as a sign the regime was crumbling.
He said: ” It tells a compelling story of the desperation and the fear right at the very top of the crumbling and rotten Gaddafi regime.”
Ministry sources said: ” Moussa Koussa is very worried about his family, but he did this because he felt it was the best way of bringing down Gaddafi.” (ANI)
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