Dispatch of a Fact-Finding Mission to Benghazi

July 24, 2011

  1. On Sunday, July 24 a fact-finding mission to Benghazi led by Tsukasa Uemura, Deputy Director-General of the Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, and consisting of four staff members from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited Benghazi, where the Libyan Transitional National Council (TNC) is based.

  2. During its stay in Benghazi, the mission held talks with Mr. Saleh Al-Din Al-Bashari, Deputy Head of Foreign Affairs of the TNC Executive Board and several members of the TNC. On this occasion, the Japanese side once again conveyed Japan's position regarding the TNC as "the legitimate interlocutor of the Libyan people". It also reaffirmed its official invitation for Dr. Mahmood Jibril, Chairman of the TNC Executive Board to visit Japan.

  3. In addition, the mission also exchanged opinions with officials from the United States, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations, which have all established local offices within Benghazi, regarding issues like the situation in Libya.
    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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