Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey on Wednesday met a member of Libya's rebel leadership in the capital Bern to find more about the insurgents' aims.

"/> Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey on Wednesday met a member of Libya's rebel leadership in the capital Bern to find more about the insurgents' aims.

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Libyan rebel meets Calmy-Rey for talks

Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey on Wednesday met a member of Libya's rebel leadership in the capital Bern to find more about the insurgents' aims.

Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey on Wednesday met a member of Libya’s rebel leadership in the capital Bern, during which the Libyan outlined his group’s political programme.
 

During the meeting, Jebril El-Waalfarvi from the Libyan national council outlined “his view of the current situation as well as possible developments in Libya”, the Swiss foreign ministry said in a statement.
 

“At the same time, the Libyan guest gave an orientation of the demands and political programme of the National Transitional Council,” it added.
 

Libyan rebels seeking to overthrow the regime of strongman Moamer Kadhafi set up the council on March 5 and declared it the sole representative of the country.
 

Calmy-Rey, who is also the foreign minister, expressed concern about the difficult situation faced by the civilian population, who she said are suffering from the “targeted and abhorrent violence of the Libyan leaders”.

LIBYA

First Red Cross aid reaches Yemeni capital

An initial flight from the International Committee of the Red Cross transporting medical personnel has reached the Yemeni capital Sanaa, the Geneva-based organization said on Tuesday, as fighting in the Arabian Peninsula country led to warnings of a humanitarian crisis.

First Red Cross aid reaches Yemeni capital
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"First @ICRC flight reached Sanaa," " Dominik Stillhart, director of operations at the Red Cross, posted on his Twitter account.

"More to come by air and sea when clearances received to bring urgently needed medical supplies."

ICRC spokeswoman Sitara Jabeen said the first flight was a small passenger plane carrying medical staff and that it landed on Monday.

A cargo plane with medical supplies was waiting in Amman, she said.
   
"This plane will go to Sanaa tomorrow," said Jabeen.

The organization was also planning to send another aid shipment with a plane that would travel from Geneva to Sanaa.
   
Relief workers have warned of a dire situation in the impoverished country, where a Saudi-led coalition is waging an air war on the Iran-backed Huthi Shiite rebels.

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