Former US Congressman in Libya to seek Gaddafi’s exit

April 7th, 2011 - 1:25 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama Washington, Apr 7 (ANI): A former US congressman, Curt Weldon, has arrived in Libya to meet Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in an effort to convince him to step down.

Weldon, a former Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania, said he was leading a small “private delegation ” at the invitation of Gaddafi’s chief of staff and with the knowledge of the Obama administration.”

According to the Xinhua news agency, Weldon said he would persuade Gaddafi to leave Libya.

He also called for an immediate UN-monitored cease-fire between the pro-Gaddafi forces and the rebels.

The White House confirmed that Gaddafi did write to President Barack Obama to halt NATO airstrikes, stressing that conditions for a ceasefire lie in action rather than words.

Weldon was part of a bipartisan delegation that visited Libya in 2004 after Gaddafi agreed to abandon his nuclear program.

He is one of the few high profile Westerners to meet Gaddafi since the rebellion began in February this year. (ANI)

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