South Africa’s Zuma lands in Libya for mediation push

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South African President Jacob Zuma arrived in Tripoli on Sunday as part of a delegation of five African leaders seeking to mediate in Libya’s conflict.

When he walked down the steps of his South African Air Force plane at Tripoli’s Mitiga airport, Zuma was greeting by a crowd of supporters of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi holding banners which read: “No to foreign intervention!”

Zuma acknowledged the crowd, then climbed into his car and was driven off into the city, a Reuters reporter at the airport said. Mali’s president, Amadou Toumani Toure, also landed at the airport, Reuters reports.



The other heads of state who are expected in Libya on Sunday as part of the African Union’s mediation effort are Congo’s Denis Sassou Nguessou, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni and Mauritania’s Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.