S. African president set to meet with Gaddafi, rebels

April 10, 2011 14:23

JOHANNESBURG - South African President Jacob Zuma was due to meet Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Sunday and will also hold talks with rebels seeking his overthrow, in an African Union effort to mediate in the country's civil war.

A statement from the presidency said Zuma would travel to Libya in his capacity as a member of an AU committee which also includes the leaders of Mauritania, Congo, Mali and Uganda.

"The Committee has been granted permission by NATO to enter Libya and to meet in Tripoli with ... Gaddafi. The AU delegation will also meet with the Interim Transitional National Council in Benghazi on 10 and 11 April," it said.

The national council based in rebel-held eastern Libya has won recognition from France, Italy and Qatar.

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