Clinton to attend Libya meeting in Rome

Other News Materials 30 April 2011 05:12 (UTC +04:00)

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will attend an international meeting on Libya hosted by the Italian government next week, the State Department said, dpa reported.

The gathering of the so-called Libya Contact Group is a follow-up to a meeting held April 13 in Doha, Qatar.

The gathering comes as NATO-led operations continue against Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi's forces, with the goal of protecting civilians under a UN mandate.

US President Barack Obama this week authorized 25 million dollars in non-lethal aid to Libyan rebels.

Clinton will hold a separate meeting with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and other top Italian officials.