March 24, 2011
Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa spoke by telephone Sunday night with assistant secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman, a senior State Department official intimately involved with the Libyan crisis told Fox News.
The call was initiated by Kusa, the official said, adding that Feltman never reaches out to Kusa, but takes the foreign minister’s calls. A spokesman for the State Department, speaking in early March, had confirmed an earlier call between Kusa and Feltman.
The contents of Sunday night’s conversation remain unknown, but it constitutes the highest-level contact between the United States government and the Qaddafi regime known to have occurred since hostilities commenced in the U.N.-backed military campaign against the regime.
Kusa, who was educated in the United States, was once seen as the Obama administration’s brightest hope for a pivotal defection among Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi’s inner circle. Though long suspect in Washington for his complicity in Qaddafi’s crimes, Kusa remained in touch with U.S. officials after the start of the Libyan revolution in February.
This article was posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 4:58 am