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Apr142011

US Official Meets With Gadhafi's Rogue Foreign Minister

KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images(DOHA, Qatar) -- Wednesday in Doha, Qatar, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns met with former Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, the highest-level defector from the Gadhafi regime.

Theirs was the first meeting between a U.S. official and Koussa since his defection, though he had been in regular contact with U.S. officials before fleeing to London late last month.

A senior U.S. official told reporters traveling with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Berlin that the meeting took place on Wednesday on the sidelines of a meeting of the Libya Contact Group.

The Libyan opposition reportedly did not meet with Koussa in Doha, though another senior official told reporters that Koussa met with representatives from several other countries but made no public remarks at the conference.

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