Obama to meet Libya`s interim leader in New York

Barack Obama will meet Libya`s interim leader, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Updated: Sep 16, 2011, 21:32 PM IST

New York: US President Barack Obama will meet Libya`s interim leader, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, the White House said on Friday.

The meeting with the leader of the National Transitional Council will come as Western nations pledge to stand by Libya`s rebels as they build up their government after overthrowing Muammar Gaddafi.

"The President will have the opportunity to congratulate chairman Jalil on the success of the Libyan people of ending the Gaddafi regime," said Ben Rhodes, a deputy US national security advisor.
"He will be able to express US support for a post-Kadhafi transition in Libya and discuss the (NTC`s) plans for a post Gaddafi transition."

Obama will then take place in a high-level international and multilateral meeting on Libya hosted by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Rhodes said.

"This will involve many leaders who will express their support for Libya," Rhodes said.

Bureau Report