US calls Libya rebel council ‘the legitimate interlocutor’

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes
hands with Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheik
Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan
© AFP/Pool Susan Walsh

AFP

ABU DHABI (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton here Thursday described the Libyan rebel council as “the legitimate interlocutor” of the Libyan people, a senior US State Department official said.

Clinton “used the word ‘the’ rather than ‘a’ in describing the TNC (Transitional National Council) as the legitimate interlocutor for the Libyan people through this interim period,” the official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

Clinton, he said, made the distinction in a speech to representatives of world powers preparing for a Libya without Colonel Moamer Kadhafi.

“This is our own signal of moving toward that transition of working with the TNC on its own roadmap through this interim period,” he said.

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