Sunday, October 25, 2009

Libyan minister: Missing Swiss are "doing well"

A top Libyan minister, in remarks to the Zurich paper Neue Zuricher Zeitung (NZZ) Sunday, said that two Swiss nationals missing for weeks in Libya were 'doing well' and rejected Swiss claims they had been kidnapped.

Amid the rising diplomatic tensions between the two countries and accusations levelled by Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey, Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Khaim commented for the first time on the case of the two Swiss nationals.

Interviewed by telephone, he told NZZ the two were 'doing well, considering the circumstances, even though they would prefer to be in another place.'

He rejected Calmy-Rey's allegations that the Libyan government was the problem and that the two men, who were first arrested by Tripoli 15 months ago, had been kidnapped. More...

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