03 Jun '11, 11am

China holds talks with Libyan rebels: BEIJING - A CHINESE diplomat has met with the leader of... #tel4rent

BEIJING - A CHINESE diplomat has met with the leader of Libya's opposition to discuss the conflict in the oil-rich nation, Beijing said on Friday, in the first announcement of any contact with the group. China's ambassador to Qatar, Zhang Zhiliang, held talks with Mustapha Abdul-Jalil of Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) in recent days, foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement. 'The two sides exchanged views on the Libyan situation,' Mr Hong said. 'China's position on the Libyan issue is clear - we hope that the Libyan crisis can be resolved through political means and that the future of Libya is decided by the Libyan people.' The statement did not say when or where the meeting took place. The announcement of talks between China, a veto-wielding member of the UN Security Council, and the rebel leadership comes as explosions rattled Tripoli overnigh...

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