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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in London *updated*

March 29, 2011

Not much information out at this point but I’ll update the post later when more info. is available:

Secy Clinton is in London meeting with our allies to discuss Libya:

A senior administration official says the U.S. will soon send an envoy to Libya to meet with leaders of the rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.

The official says American diplomat Chris Stevens will travel to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi in the coming days to establish better ties with groups seeking to oust the longtime Libyan leader.

The move doesn’t constitute formal recognition of the opposition.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal planning, as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was preparing to meet Libyan opposition envoy Mahmoud Jibril in London.

Clinton will then attend a 40-nation conference on Libya’s future.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Libyan Transitional National Council Member Mahmoud Jibril at the Foreign and Commonwealth office in London, Tuesday, March 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

Secretary Clinton meets with Libyan opposition leader:

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with the political leader of Libya’s rebel movement Tuesday in a bid to further strengthen the coalition seeking to oust Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Mrs. Clinton’s Monday engagement with Mahmoud Jibril, a former head of Libya’s economic planning office, marked their second meeting in a little more than a week.

A senior U.S. official who took part in the meeting said Mrs. Clinton is seeking to gain a “clearer picture” of Libya’s opposition leadership and gain a sense of how a post-Gadhafi government might look.

Mrs. Clinton is in London to take part in a 40-nation summit Tuesday that will look into ways to better implement a United Nations resolution aimed at protecting Libyan civilians from Col. Gadhafi’s violent crackdown on antigovernment protesters.

The meeting also is seeking to strengthen the unity and profile of the Libyan National Council, an umbrella political organization representing the rebel forces. Mr. Jibril was recently chosen as the de facto prime minister of the Council.

Mr. Jibril also met with U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague ahead of the conference. Mr. Hague said that he discussed logistics over humanitarian and “priorities for international assistance,” according to a Foreign & Commonwealth Office statement.

Mrs. Clinton will meet with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and Mr. Hague before taking part in the conference.

The Obama administration has taken a relatively cautious approach toward embracing Libya’s opposition leadership since the rebellion against Col. Gadhafi broke out last month.

France and Qatar have already formally recognized the Libyan National Council as the legitimate leadership of Libya. And a number of foreign governments have openly called for the arming of the rebel movement.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    March 29, 2011 12:07 pm

    Missed the President’s speech, but I’m curious — did the President acknowledge the efforts of his Secretary of State in pulling together Arab support for the No-Fly zone and then persuading him to proceed? She was awfully persistent, after all, keeping him up all those nights throwing rocks at his window from Pennsylvania Avenue.

    • March 29, 2011 4:41 pm

      If it makes you feel better, you didn’t miss much. He said what he should have said a week ago. I think he credited the diplomatic effort but I honestly can’t remember if he said Hillary’s name.

      As I said, you didn’t miss anything- you were better off doing what you were doing in the place where you were doing it🙂

      Much better was the Sunday morning appearances by Hillary on three talk shows. You may have seen those by now. If not I posted the videos in one of the posts below.

      • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
        March 29, 2011 6:31 pm

        “It’s always quietly thrilling to find yourself looking at a world you know well but have never seen from such an angle before.”

        [Bill Bryson, At Home]

    • San Tron Hon permalink
      February 3, 2013 5:44 pm

      .

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      利用導彈進行飽和攻擊 – 可癱瘓日本海軍空軍

      解放軍具有強勁的 敢打必勝 決心

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  2. January 26, 2013 12:13 pm

    I think she really enjoys herself in London.

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