Russian presidential envoy ready to meet Gaddafi

June 8th, 2011 - 9:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, June 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian presidential envoy Mikhail Margelov said Wednesday he was planning a trip to Tripoli and was ready to meet with Col. Muammar Gaddafi.

“I met with Muammar Gaddafi previously, and I am ready to meet with him now as well,” Margelov said in an interview with Russian radio station Ekho Moskvy.

Margelov visited the Libyan opposition stronghold of Benghazi Tuesday for talks with rebel National Transitional Council head Mustafa Abdel Jalil and his senior officials.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced Margelov’s visit during the G8 summit in Deauville in France last month.

On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow would not play the role of main mediator in resolving the Libyan conflict as it believed this role should be played by the African Union.

Last week, NATO extended its mission in Libya by 90 days.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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