The head of the National Transitional Council’s executive bureau, Mahmoud Jebril, met with Tom Donilon, Obama’s national security adviser, and other senior officials, the White House said in a statement, Reuters reports today.
Jibril is the U.S. educated, self-proclaimed prime minister of the Libyan Republic, one of two artificial entities claiming to represent the people of Libya. His government has been recognized as the “sole legitimate representative” of Libya by France, Portugal,The United Kingdom and Qatar, but, at the current time, recognition has not been given by the great majority of United Nations member states. Jibril shares the NATO backed Libyan opposition with CIA asset Khalifa Hifter. Another rebel leader, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, admitted in March his faction is associated with al-Qaeda. Mr. al-Hasidi told the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore his fighters “are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,” but added that the “members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader.”