Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Libyan Foreign Minister Abdelati Obeidi in China - - Seeking China's Mediation for Political Resolution

Libyan Foreign Minister Abdelati Obeidi in China
A top diplomatic mission of embattled Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi visited China on Tuesday to ask China play a mediation role between the government and the opposition to bring about a “political resolution” to end the crisis in war-torn Libya. 

During a media briefing Hong Lei, spokesperson of Chinese foreign ministry, told that Libyan Foreign Minister Abdelati Obeidi, a special envoy of Gaddafi made a surprise visit here. 

He is likely to meet Chinese officials including Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. Obeidi’s arrival came days after Chinese diplomats for the first time met Chairman of the Libya’s National Transitional Council (CNT) Mustafa Abdel Jalil, who is leading the NATO backed rebellion against Gaddafi. 

It is not yet clear whether China had any specific proposal on hand to convince Muammar Gaddafi to leave.

In the mean time, defiant Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi intended to fight to the death in a bold speech Tuesday after NATO military aircraft beganh a series of 26 daytime airstrikes on Tripoli.

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