June 7 (Bloomberg) -- Libyan Foreign Minister Abdul Ati Al- Obeidi arrived in China today for a three-day visit, after the Foreign Ministry in Beijing yesterday confirmed its diplomats had met with rebel leaders.
Al-Obeidi’s itinerary includes a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters in Beijing today. Hong yesterday said that Chinese diplomats from the country’s Egyptian embassy recently met officials from the Interim Transitional National Council in the Libyan city of Benghazi. The council represents Libya’s opposition, which is fighting Muammar Qaddafi for control of the country.
Hong, responding to questions about whether China was seeking to mediate between the two sides, said “China is working along with the international community to resolve the Libyan crisis politically.”
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will meet with Al-Obeidi during his visit to “exchange views on a political resolution to the political crisis with the special envoy of the Libyan government,” Hong said. “We believe that the future of Libya will be determined by the Libyan people themselves.”
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