Relatives of Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi are beginning to look for a way to leave Libya or arrange a cease-fire, Reuters reported on Friday morning. Businessman Roger Tamraz, who has a history of conducting deals with the regime, told Reuters that Qaddafi’s eldest son, Saif al-Islam, and his brother-in-law, Abdullah Senoussi, are looking for an out.
Tamraz’s information was confirmed by a U.S. national security official and a European government official who spoke under the condition of anonymity. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton alluded to the overtures by Qaddafi’s relatives in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer on Tuesday night.
The European government official told Reuters that the governments in the U.S. and Europe were treating the outreach with caution, but not dismissing it outright.