BENGHAZI, Libya – The highest-level American diplomat to visit Libya's rebel leaders is in their de facto capital for talks.
A State Department statement calls the visit a sign of support for the rebels' National Transitional Council, which it refers to as "a legitimate and credible interlocutor for the Libyan people."
During his three-day visit, the top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East, Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman, will meet with council head Mustafa Abdul-Jalil and others.
The visit Monday follows the opening of a European Union office by that body's top diplomat, Catherine Ashton.
The rebels say they need better weapons to oust ruler Moammar Qaddafi.