TRIPOLI, Libya (Reuters) – Libya Wednesday dismissed as baseless rumors reports of a recent secret meeting between a Libyan representative and an Israeli government official.
The official Jana news agency said “official circles in Libya have searched, checked and investigated in the past 48 hours that followed the broadcast of this rumor and have found no trace (of it).”
Israel’s Channel One TV reported Tuesday that Israeli Foreign Ministry official Ron Proshor met a Libyan government official in Paris two weeks ago.
It did not identify the Libyan said to have attended the meeting between the arch-foes across the Middle East divide.
Saying international relations were not based on “rumors and plots,” Jana called on “the other party” to identify “by name and position” the Libyan official said to have attended the meeting.
The text berated “those who disseminate these rumors in the belief they will serve their interests.”
The statement, which Jana said was issued by a senior government official at the Communications Ministry it did not identify, urged those reporting the talks “to tell the world with whom they arranged these imaginary and improbable meetings.”
The text made no reference to other reports of a meeting last summer between an Israeli legislator and the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam.