US envoy to meet rebel leaders in Libya

29th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

The United States will soon send an envoy to Libya to meet with rebel leaders, a senior administration official said Tuesday.

US diplomat Chris Stevens will travel to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi "sometime quite soon" to establish a "systematic channel" with groups seeking to oust Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, the official said.

The move does not constitute formal recognition of the opposition.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was preparing to meet Libyan opposition envoy Mahmud Jibril in London Tuesday.

Britain's Foreign Office confirmed opposition figures had been invited to London, but would not take part in an international meeting of 35 countries discussing Libya's future.

© 2011 AFP

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