Libyan rebel chief in UK to drum up aid

May 12, 2011 04:23

LONDON - The leader of the Libyan rebels will visit London on Thursday to drum up more aid for their cause in resisting Muammar Gaddafi.

Mustafa Abdel Jalil, chairman of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) will meet Prime Minister David Cameron, Foreign Secretary William Hague and finance minister George Osborne.

Britain's Foreign Office said the sides would discuss providing more non-lethal equipment to the rebels and opening a permanent NTC office in London. Britain, one of the leading countries in the NATO-led air war against Gaddafi, has already sent body armor and telecommunications equipment to the rebels.

"The NTC is a legitimate representative of the Libyan people," Hague said in a statement ahead of the meeting.

"The situation in Libya remains of very serious concern, and this visit provides a welcome opportunity to discuss with Mr Abdul Jalil the latest situation on the ground and to look at how the UK and international community can continue to support the Libyan people."

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