A Libyan airplane carrying a senior representative of Moammar Gaddafi’s government has apparently landed in Cairo. The Libyan official on the aircraft is reportedly set for talks with Amr Moussa, chief of the Arab league.
The Arab league is meeting this weekend to discuss the Libyan crisis and the potential of imposing a no-fly zone over Libya.
However, the League has forbidden Libyan delegates barred from attending the meeting.
A Cairo airport official told Agence France Presse that the Libyan official was Abdelrahman al-Zawi, a key member of Gaddafi’s inner circle.
However, Egypt’s state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper said the Libyan official was scheduled to meet with the military council which is currently governing Egypt.
The plane which landed in Cairo crossed through Greek airspace on its way to Egypt and a Greek air force official said the plane was a Libyan Airlines Falcon 900 which normally carries high government representatives.
Al Jazeera reported that three of Gaddafi’s private planes had earlier departed from a military airstrip near the capitol Tripoli (the Cairo-bound vessel was reportedly one of them).
It is unclear where the two other planes are going and who their passengers are.
Al Jazeera stated the two other planes are being monitored by NATO and that one was spotted in Swiss airspace and one over Italy.