Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in London *updated*
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 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.