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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mandela in Cairo

CAIRO, Egypt -- South African President Nelson Mandela and Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak discussed Libya's standoff with the West here Tuesday, a day ahead of a visit to Tripoli that has irked Washington.

South African Foreign Minister Alfred Nzo called publicly before the talks began for the lifting of UN sanctions on Libya over the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am plane over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people.

"South Africa believes that the regime of sanctions against Libya really ought to be done with," Nzo told reporters. "There is no point in exposing the population of Libya collectively to punishment."