Top Turkish leaders meet with Libyan rebels
The head of Libya's opposition yesterday had talks in Ankara with top leaders. National Transitional Council (NTC) Chairman Mustafa Abdul-Jalil met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Abdullah Gul and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to discuss the transitional process in the turmoil-hit country. Davutoglu told reporters at a joint press conference with Abdul-Jalil that the council is "a legal and credible representative of the Libyan people," adding, "We see the NTC as the legitimate and respected representative of the Libyan people. We will continue our talks with all relevant parties." He added, "What is important for us is to accomplish the transition process peacefully and to meet the demands of the people." He said the Libyan people have legitimate demands and that there is a need for a political system in line with these demands. Gul, for his part, said that there is no longer any place in Libya for the Gaddafi administration. A new administration should embrace all Libyans, he added, saying that Turkey is ready to do whatever it can to help Libya during its transition.