S. African president set to meet with Gaddafi, rebels

JOHANNESBURG - South African PresidentJacob Zuma was due to meet Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi onSunday and will also hold talks with rebels seeking hisoverthrow, in an African Union effort to mediate in thecountry's civil war.

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

"The Committee has been granted permission by NATO to enterLibya and to meet in Tripoli with ... Gaddafi. The AU delegationwill also meet with the Interim Transitional National Council inBenghazi on 10 and 11 April," it said.

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