President Zuma visits Libya

President Jacob Zuma made international headlines with his trip to Tripoli, Libya where he held talks with the Leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi on how to end the tragic and violent conflict in Libya. 

President Jacob Zuma accompanied by Minister of State Security Mr Siyabonga Cwele in Tripoli, Libya for the official talks with the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

 

The two leaders held lengthy discussions at the Libyan leader’s home in Tripoli, where President Zuma reiterated the African Union peace plan, especially the need for a ceasefire on all sides to enable a political dialogue amongst the Libyan people to begin.

According to the South African government’s website “Col Gaddafi reiterated his agreement to a ceasefire and a dialogue of the Libyan people to find a political solution. He expressed his anger at the NATO bombings, which have claimed the lives of his son and grandchildren and continue to cause a destruction of property and disruption of life. Col Gaddafi called for an end to the bombings to enable a Libyan dialogue.  He emphasised that he was not prepared to leave his country, despite the difficulties.”


President Zuma was taken on a tour to see the destruction caused by the bombings and the deepening humanitarian crisis. (It appears that Col Gaddafi failed to mention any role he may have played in this humanitarian crisis.)

The SA government’s website claims that “the personal safety of Col Gaddafi is of concern” and that “the President is satisfied with the progress made and is happy with the frankness of the discussions which have enabled him to gain an understanding of where the Libyan government stands on issues and the way forward.” 

President Jacob Zuma accompanied by Minister of State Security Mr Siyabonga Cwele in Tripoli, Lybia for the official talks with the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

 

President Zuma said: “We call on all leaders in Libya to exercise decisive leadership to find a solution to the crisis in the country, and to put the interests of their country first. Nothing other than a dialogue among all parties in Libya can bring about a lasting solution. We will also

President Jacob Zuma accompanied by Minister of State Security Mr Siyabonga Cwele in Tripoli, Libya for the official talks with the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

reiterate the AU call for the NATO and other parties to respect the AU’s role in searching for a solution in the matter.”

During his visit, President Zuma also took the opportunity to discuss the issue of missing South African-Austrian photographer Anton Hammerl with Libyan leader Col Muammar Gadaffi and Libyan Prime Minister in Tripoli, and that the authorities undertook to assist in finding the

President Jacob Zuma arrived at Tripoli International airport and is received by Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudia.

remains. Source: MediaClubSouthAfrica   http://www.mediaclubsouthafrica.com/