Top White House official to meet with Libyan opposition leader

08:17, May 13, 2011      

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U.S. President Barack Obama's National Security Advisor Tom Donilon will meet with Libyan opposition leader Mahmoud Gibril on Friday as the opposition forces made gains on the ground, the White House said Thursday.

In his first official visit to Washington as president of the Interim Transitional National Council's Executive Bureau, Gibril will also meet with other senior U.S. government officials and members of Congress, the White House said.

The visit came as Libyan opposition forces made significant advances against government troops in the besieged city of Misrata in western Libya, including capturing the airport and large swaths of territory around the city.

NATO has stepped up its bombing campaign against Libyan government troops and improved coordination with the opposition.

Source: Xinhua
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