July 18, 2011 / 9:55 PM / 8 years ago

Libya says ready for talks but rejects preconditions

TRIPOLI, July 18 (Reuters) - Libya’s government said on Monday it had met with U.S. officials and said it welcomed discussions but only without preconditions.

“We support any dialogue, any peace initiative as long as they don’t decide Libya’s future from without,” government spokesman Ibrahim Moussa told journalist in Tripoli.

“We will discuss everything but do not condition your peace talks. Let the Libyans decide their future.”

A U.S. State Department official said U.S. officials gave representatives of Muammar Gaddafi a “clear and firm” message that the Libyan leader had to go.

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