CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi met over the weekend with Chadian President Idriss Deby, who flew to the Libyan capital in defiance of U.N. sanctions, state-run Libyan television said.

Deby said Saturday that he was visiting Tripoli to check on Gadhafi's health after the Libyan leader underwent a hip operation in July.

Libyan television and radio said Deby arrived by air at Tripoli airport directly from the Chadian capital, Ndjamena, on Saturday, violating U.N. sanctions barring air travel to and from the country except for humanitarian reasons.

The sanctions were imposed to force Libya to hand over two suspects said to have carried out the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The bombing killed 270 people.

The television report was monitored by the British Broadcasting Corporation.