Libyan rebel leader to meet NATO officials next week

The leader of Libya's rebel Transitional National Council will meet with NATO ambassadors next week to "exchange points of view" about the situation in the conflict-torn North African country, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday, dpa reported.

The alliance has flown more than 14,000 sorties over Libya since taking command of an international military operation meant to protect civilians from leader Moamer Gaddafi's troops.

Mahmoud Jibril and other representatives from the Libyan opposition will meet informally with the ambassadors on NATO's North Atlantic Council on Wednesday in Brussels. Jibril is also due to hold a separate meeting with Rasmussen.

"I think Mr. Jibril will present the (opposition's) roadmap for the transition towards democracy in Libya," Rasmussen told reporters in Brussels. "But the primary goal is to exchange points of view."

The president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, will "most probably" also meet Jibril during his stay in the Belgian capital, a European Union source said.

Jibril has had interactions with both EU and NATO officials before.

[Source: Trend, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Baku, 06Jul11]

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