Egyptian airport officials say the Libyan Interior Minister has arrived in Cairo with family members.

The officials say the Minister, Nassr al-Mabrouk Abdullah, landed just before noon on Monday at the Cairo international airport, with nine members of his family.

They say he arrived on a special plane from Tunisia and told Egyptian officials that he was “on a tourist visit.”

The airport officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to talk to the media.

The secrecy surrounding the arrival and the fact that no official from the Libyan Embassy, which is loyal to Muammar Qadhafi, was at the airport to greet Mr. Abdullah, raised suspicions of a possible defection.

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