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LIBYA: Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski receives a warm welcome in Benghazi as the first senior representative of a Contact Group nation to visit

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski on Wednesday (May 11) became the first senior government representative from the international Contact Group on Libya to visit the rebel stronghold of Benghazi since it rose up against Muammar Gaddafi's rule in February. The Contact Group comprises the United States, major European nations and some Arab states. At a joint news conference with Sikorski, Abdelhafeez Ghoga, official spokesman of the rebels' National Transitional Council (NTC) welcomed the P...

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BENGHAZI, LIBYA (MAY 11, 2011) (REUTERS) (*** FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY ***) ABDELHAFEEZ GHOGA, OFFICIAL SPOKESMAN OF THE LIBYAN REBELS' NATIONAL TRANSITIONAL COUNCIL (NTC) AND POLISH FOREIGN MINISTER RADOSLAW SIKORSKI WALKING INTO HALL AND TAKING PODIUM CAMERAMAN WIDE OF NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ABDELHAFEEZ GHOGA, OFFICIAL SPOKESMAN OF THE LIBYAN REBELS' NATIONAL TRANSITIONAL COUNCIL (NTC), SAYING: "We have welcomed his Excellency the Foreign Minister of our friend Poland as the first European foreign minister to come to the National Transitional Council in Benghazi. Poland is one of the country members of the Contact Group as you all know. This is considered a huge support to the National Transitional Council and the revolution of the Libyan people; we welcome this big step and hope that it is the start of a very good relationship." JOURNALIST WRITING (SOUNDBITE) (English) RADOSLAW SIKORSKI FOREIGN MINISTER OF POLAND SAYING: "I am proud to be here. I have come here in consu...

BENGHAZI, LIBYA (MAY 11, 2011) (REUTERS) (*** FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY ***) ABDELHAFEEZ GHOGA, OFFICIAL SPOKESMAN OF THE LIBYAN REBELS' NATIONAL TRANSITIONAL COUNCIL (NTC) AND POLISH FOREIGN MINISTER RADOSLAW SIKORSKI WALKING INTO HALL AND TAKING PODIUM CAMERAMAN WIDE OF NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ABDELHAFEEZ GHOGA, OFFICIAL SPOKESMAN OF THE LIBYAN REBELS' NATIONAL TRANSITIONAL COUNCIL (NTC), SAYING: "We have welcomed his Excellency the Foreign Minister of our friend Poland as the first European foreign minister to come to the National Transitional Council in Benghazi. Poland is one of the country members of the Contact Group as you all know. This is considered a huge support to the National Transitional Council and the revolution of the Libyan people; we welcome this big step and hope that it is the start of a very good relationship." JOURNALIST WRITING (SOUNDBITE) (English) RADOSLAW SIKORSKI FOREIGN MINISTER OF POLAND SAYING: "I am proud to be here. I have come here in consultation with the High Representative for Foreign Policy of the European Union, Baroness Ashton, and I am here to tell you that we admire what you are doing and that we recognize the council as the legitimate interlocutor of the international community and as a representative of the democratic aspirations of the Libyan people." VARIOUS OF SECURITY GUARDS NEWS CONFERENCE FINISHING

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