Gaddafi wanted Dennis Kucinich to visit Libya in last attempt to stop NATO airstrikes
Washington, Aug 27 (ANI): Colonel Muammar Gaddafi wanted Dennis Kucinich, US Representative for Ohio's 10th congressional district, to travel to Libya in his last attempt to stop Washington backed NATO attacks, a new report has suggested.
Politico quoted a news report by The Guardian as saying that the Gaddafi regime reached out to Kucinich in a bid to persuade him to visit Libya as part of a "peace mission."
A letter from a U.S.-based lobbyist to the regime has revealed that Kucinich decided not to go to Libya because he was "concerned that his personal safety in Tripoli could not be guaranteed."
Kucinich brushed off the report, saying that he simply wanted to get both sides of the story and was trying to promote peace in the embattled North African country.
"In my efforts to end the war, I have been contacted by many parties - including members of the Qadhafi regime and some with ties to the rebels. Reaching a just and peaceful solution requires listening to all sides," Kucinich said in a statement.
"As a strong proponent of the use of diplomacy instead of the use of military force, I believe it is my obligation and my right to participate in speech and debate over these critical matters," he added.
Kucinich, who along with a group of other members of Congress has filed a lawsuit alleging that U.S. and NATO action in Libya is illegal, claimed to have had an hour long telephone conversation with Libyan Prime Minister Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi, but ended up deciding to visit trouble truck Syria rather that Tripoli.
The Libyan regime had reportedly made efforts to reach out to other politicians in the United States, but failed to gain much attention from them.
Gaddafi remains untraceable despite reports suggesting that the rebels have succeeded in gaining control over Tripoli, and most parts of the country. (ANI)
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