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Libya’s Gadhafi Visits Tunisia

October 20, 1998

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) _ Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi began a surprise visit to neighboring Tunisia on Monday, his first known trip abroad since he injured his hip in July.

Gadhafi, whose country is under a U.N. air embargo, arrived by land for ``a visit of brotherhood and rest″ at the invitation of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, according to an official statement.

Tunisian television did not show the Libyan leader, but said he met with Ben Ali and several government ministers in a desert oasis at Tozeur, 250 miles south of Tunis, where foreign leaders are entertained.

Officials did not give the duration or full itinerary of Gadhafi’s visit, which had not been announced in advance.

Gadhafi broke a bone near his hip while exercising and underwent surgery in July, officials have said.

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