Libyan opposition leader to visit China

Chairman of the Executive Board of the Libyan opposition National Transitional Council Mahmoud Jibril will visit China on June 21-22, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Details of the talks have not been disclosed.

Both Russia and China abstained from a UN Security Council vote to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to protect civilians and opposition from a brutal suppression by government forces. Both countries have sharply criticized the NATO-led military intervention for overstepping the boundaries laid down in the UN resolution.

Beijing and Moscow have acted as mediators between Libya’s embattled leadership and the opposition, holding talks with both sides.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said in early June after a meeting with his Libyan counterpart Abdul-Ati al-Obeidi that the conflict should be settled through peaceful means to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.

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