German FM visits Libyan rebel capital

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German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle arrived on Monday in the Libyan rebel capital of Benghazi for talks with the National Transitional Council, an AFP correspondent said.

Westerwelle went straight to the headquarters of the NTC to meet its head Mustafa Abdul Jalil, for talks to be followed by a press conference.

Germany abstained from a UN Security Council resolution voted on March 17 backing intervention in Libya and chose not to join the NATO-led air war in support of the rebels.

But German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere said last week his country would be ready to consider sending peacekeeping troops to Libya if and when strongman Moamer Kadhafi falls from power.

© 2011 AFP

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