May 24 - US Assistant Secretary of State, Jeffrey Feltman, says Libya’s rebel council has accepted an invitation to base a representative in Washington. Nick Rowlands reports.
US Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman visits the rebel stronghold of Benghazi with a clear message for embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. JEFFREY FELTMAN, U.S., ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE: "As we have said many times, and as President Obama emphasised in his message from yesterday, in attacking, threatening and brutally suppressing the Libyan people, Colonel Gaddafi has lost the legitimacy to rule. He can not regain control of Libya and he must step down immediately." The US is no longer talking to Gaddafi and his government, and an invitation for the rebel council to base a representative in Washington has been accepted. Feltman says the US will continue to provide aid to the rebels. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JEFFREY FELTMAN, U.S., ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE: "President Obama also announced several weeks ago the provision of 25 million dollars non-lethal military supplies and services , some of that has already come in the form of halal food rations and there'll be more coming in June." Washington is also pushing for a deeper embargo on Gaddafi's government in Tripoli, which faces ongoing airstrikes from NATO forces. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.