British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will greet Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi at the United Nations on Thursday in their first meeting since the release of the Lockerbie bomber, The Daily Telegraph reported today.
Britain’s relations with Libya are under the spotlight after the early release last month of a Libyan agent convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie airliners bombing in which 270 people were killed.
The Daily Telegraph said Brown would use the meeting in New York to highlight Gaddafi’s 2003 decision to scrap Libya’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, leading to closer ties with Western nations.
Britain denies pressing the Scottish government to free Abdel Basset al-Megrahi Megrahi, terminally ill with prostate cancer, to help improve business ties with Libya, which has Africa’s largest oil reserves, in a move that angered Washington and victims’ families.
Brown said earlier this month he would support compensation claims against Libya by families of Irish Republican Army (IRA) victims who say Tripoli helped to arm the guerrillas.
Pic: British Prime Minister- Gordan Brown