Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrived in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi to meet rebel governing council chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil, an AFP journalist said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrived in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday to meet rebel governing council chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil, an AFP journalist said.

Davutoglu arrived on Tuesday morning in the rebel bastion, even as Muammar Gaddafi's forces staged a fightback in Tripoli against insurgents who had surged into the capital on Sunday.

The Turkish minister on Monday hailed the developments in Libya as a “significant achievement” and said the change in the north African country was a lesson for everyone.

In July, Turkey recognised the rebel National Transitional Council, based in Benghazi, as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people.

Davutoglu previously visited Benghazi on July 3. In early May, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded Gaddafi leave power. - AFP