US prepared to back Russian mediation deal that will see Libya’s Gaddafi quit


AFP
July 12, 2011

The US will support Russia’s mediation bid in Libya provided it leads to the departure of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, President Barack Obama told his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev yesterday.

President Obama thanked the Russian leader “for Russia’s efforts at mediation in Libya” and said he looked forward to welcoming Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday, a White House statement said.

“President Obama spoke with Russian President Medvedev today to discuss a range of bilateral and international issues and to express his condolences on the tragic sinking of the MS Bulgaria,” the statement said.

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