Nato chiefs postponed a definite decision to end the bombing in Libya today as they continued to consult the oil-rich country's new regime over when to wind it down.
In the wake of the killing of Muammar Gadaffi last week, the Western military alliance announced preliminary plans to phase out the mission on October 31.
Nato's governing body the North Atlantic Council is expected to make a decision within days.
Nato war planes have continued to patrol Libyan airspace since daily air strikes enabled Islamist and other insurgent forces to advance and seize Tripoli two months ago.
Libya's interim rulers declared the country liberated on Sunday and announced their intention to reverse Gadaffi-era legislation that served to boost gender equality.
Speaking at a conference on the future of Libya in Qatar today, new Libyan leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil said: "We look forward to Nato continuing its operations until the end of the year."
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