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China receives visit by Libyan opposition leader

Updated: 2011-06-21 16:57
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BEIJING - China on Tuesday called for a ceasefire and political solutions in Libya as an opposition leader arrived in China for a two-day visit.

Chairman of the Executive Board of Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) Mahmoud Jibril is visiting China from Tuesday to Wednesday, and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will meet him concerning Libyan situation, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei at a press briefing Tuesday afternoon.

It is the first time that a Libyan opposition leader has come to China since the outbreak of the crisis in February.

The Foreign Ministry confirmed that Jibril arrived in Beijing on Tuesday at noon.

Hong didn't specify details of Jibril's schedule in China, but called for both sides to agree to a ceasefire and begin negotiations to resolve the crisis through political means.