Libyan rebels to meet with NATO and EU leaders next week

Mahmoud Jebril Elwarfally, executive bureau chairman of the National Transition Council of Libya, June 30, 2011.

From David Brunnstrom, Reuters:  The Libyan rebel delegation, led by Mahmoud Jebril of the opposition National Transitional Council (NTC), is expected to meet NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on July 13, a NATO diplomat said.

The delegation is also expected to meet EU officials, who could include EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, an EU diplomat said.

NATO officials declined to confirm the visit, but one noted that Rasmussen had met representatives of the opposition council several times and would continue to do so.

"NATO has had contacts with the NTC as part of the broad international efforts to find a solution to the Libya crisis … such meetings have taken place and will continue to take place," the official from the military alliance said.  (photo: Reuters)

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