Libyan ministers in Tunisia for talks-report

Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:25am GMT

TUNIS, June 27 (Reuters) - Libya's foreign minister and two other ministers were in Tunisia negotiating with "foreign parties", Tunisia's state news agency reported.

It was not immediately clear if the negotiations involved a possible peace deal with rebels fighting to end Muammar Gaddafi's four-decade rule.

Foreign Minister Abdelati Obeidi was on the southern Tunisian island of Djerba, near the border with Libya, and had been joined by Health Minister Ahmed Hijazi and Social Affairs Minister Ibrahim Sherif, the TAP news agency reported.

Obeidi was "negotiating with several foreign parties," the agency reported late on Sunday, without giving details.

Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, vice chairman of the rebel National Transitional Council (NTC), said last week the rebel leadership had been in indirect contact with Gaddafi's government about a possible peace deal. (Reporting by Tarek Amara; Editing by Christian Lowe and Janet Lawrence)

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