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Libyan Opposition Leader To Visit China

Libyan opposition leader Mustafa Abdel-Jalil at a press conference in Rome
China says Libya's opposition leader will visit this week in a fresh setback for Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, The Associated Press reports.

China's Foreign Ministry said that Mustafa Abdel-Jalil would be in China on June 21-22.

No other details were immediately available.

Abdel-Jalil chairs the Transitional National Council, the umbrella organization of rebel groups trying to unseat Qaddafi.

China has recently stepped up efforts to persuade the two sides to seek a settlement.