MK: Libyan Diplomats Visited Israel to 'Change Their Country's Image'

MK Sheetrit says that the two came to Israel to promote business plans; Interior Ministry denies having authorized visas for the two, who are allied with Gadhafi.

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Kadima MK Meir Sheetrit told Army Radio on Monday that he had met two Libyan diplomats who had come to Israel to "change Libya's image."

According to Army Radio, the diplomats, both businessmen reportedly affiliated with embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, also met with MK Tzipi Livni and other top Israeli officials.

A Libyan waves a Kingdom of Libya flag during Friday prayers near the courthouse in Benghazi, June 17, 2011.Credit: Reuters

Interior Minister Eli Yishai said he had not approved visas for the diplomats, said Army Radio, despite the Foreign Ministry's confirmation of the contrary. The Israeli Embassy in Paris, which issued the visas, would not comment and it is not yet clear who authorized the stamp.

Sheetrit told Army Radio that the diplomats had come to promote business in the country and not out of political considerations.

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