Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was unable to reach the foreign minister, Moussa Koussa, on February 24, Mr. Crowley said, citing a technical glitch.
The under secretary of state for political affairs, William J. Burns, did speak twice with Mr. Koussa, he said, and conveyed the administration’s “concern” that Libya continue to cooperate with the evacuation of Americans.
Kusa, who holds a master’s degree from Michigan State University, was instrumental in negotiating the restoration of diplomatic ties with the United States in exchange for Libya’s agreement to give up its nuclear weapons program. He was named foreign minister in 2009 but “still appears to hold sway on certain intelligence and security officials,” according to a cable written that year by the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli. The cable, which was made public last month by WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy Web site, described Kusa as “rare among Libyan officials – he embodies a combination of intellectual acumen, operational ability, and political weight.”
Some residents of Tripoli said on February 24 they took the gathering army as a sign that the uprising might be entering a decisive stage, with Colonel Qaddafi fortifying his main stronghold in the capital and protesters there gearing up for their first organized demonstration after days of spontaneous rioting and bloody crackdowns.
Mussa Kussa (born c. 1949) is a Libyan political figure and diplomat who has served in the government of Libya as Minister of Foreign Affairs since March 2009. he served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1992 to 1994 and as the head of the Libyan intelligence agency from 1994 to 2009. Kussa attended Michigan State University, earning a bachelor’s in sociology in 1978