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Libyan PM visits Egypt following kidnapping crisis

Updated Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 | 8:39 a.m.

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian officials say that Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan has visited Cairo amid tensions between the two countries after Libyan militants kidnapped five Egyptian diplomats over a week ago.

In a statement from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry Saturday, presidency spokesman Ehab Badawi says Zidan reassured Egyptian President Adly Mansour that the hostages, who were released Monday, will be returned safely to Egypt soon.

Unidentified gunmen seized five Egyptian diplomats and embassy employees late Jan. 24 and 25 in Tripoli.

The abduction came hours after Libya's state news agency reported the arrest of a Libyan militia commander, Shaaban Hadiya, in Egypt. Hadiya was at the top Revolutionaries Operation Room, and is blamed for the abduction of Zidan last year.