Sarkozy to call Libyan rebel chief, meet him in days: France

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France's President Nicolas Sarkozy will call the executive head of Libya's rebel National Transitional Council on Monday and meet him in Paris in the coming days, the French foreign minister said.

France was the first world power to recognise the NTC as the voice of Libya, and Sarkozy's government has close contacts with Mahmud Jibril, in effect the prime minister of the Benghazi-based revolutionary group.

"The president will today hold a conversation with the president of the CNT executive council, Mr Jibril, whom he should also meet -- we hope -- in the next few days in Paris," Foreign Minister Alain Juppe told reporters.

Libya's rebels, now streaming into the capital Tripoli after the apparent collapse of Moamer Kadhafi's regime, have a loose command structure, but France and some other powers recognise the CNT as their legitimate voice.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron was also due to talk to Jibril.

© 2011 AFP

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