4 US senators go to post-Gaddafi Libya

2011-09-29 21:06

Tripoli - Four Republican senators travelled to Libya on Thursday to meet with the nation's new rulers, the highest-profile American delegation to visit the country since the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.

John McCain, Mark Kirk, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio met with the head of the national transitional council, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, and other high-ranking officials of the group that is now governing Libya after revolutionary forces ousted Gaddafi.

The fugitive leader remains on the run and his whereabouts unknown, but Libya's new rulers suspect he is hiding in the southern desert of the North African nation.

The leaders of Britain, France and Turkey have visited Libya, and US Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman has met with the NTC's leaders in Tripoli. But the congressional group was the most significant American presence to visit Libya as the nation begins a new chapter.

The trip contrasted sharply to the last visit by McCain and Graham to Tripoli in August 2009, when they met with Gaddafi and his son Muatassim to discuss the possible delivery of non-lethal defence equipment as the erratic Libyan leader was moving to normalise his relations with the international community.

  • 2WhiteStars - 2011-09-29 22:17

    Amazing. Hopefully the start of a new era in relations between the Libyans, in whose name Gadaffi did terrible things, and the West. Let's hope for a bright new future for Libya.

  • tee-hee-hee - 2011-09-29 22:34

    neocon warmongers

  • tee-hee-hee - 2011-09-29 23:07

    hope McCain gets an rpg up his hole,

      Anton - 2011-09-30 07:27

      teeheeteeheehee, Reading your comments, one can only come to the conclusion that these have little or nothing to do with Libya. You just ABUSE the Libyan people to get rid of some of your anti Western frustrations. It is doubtful you have followed or understood, ANYTHING that has been going on in Libya since February 2011. Also , it does not seem to get through to you , that just about the whole world, has now accepted that the gaddafi reign of terror has now come to an end, and have accepted the new, interim, rulers of Libya. So when you say this war is only started, its not only rubbish, childish, its also no longer worth reading this crap of yours. I doubt very much if any gaddafi supporter, is interested either in this silly stuff. There were many gaddafi supporters on this site for the past 6 months, but most of them, have realized that they were wrong backing gaddafi. They have now moved on. They did not want to make a fool of themselves backing a leader who has been on the run , and more than likely hiding in a hole , for the past 2 months. But in all fairness to them, they also don't wish harm to the libyan people. They clearly made their choise,

      Libertador - 2011-09-30 11:39

      I invariably enjoy your contributions, since they can be guaranteed to be incoherent, wrong, self-refuting, or just plain bonkers, all in an entertaining way. Drivel, mindless drivel, from start to finish.

  • tee-hee-hee - 2011-09-29 23:10

    last rant for today. for all you rebel traitor lovers out there that like to back winners ,because its in your greedy nature. this Libyan war is only getting started. So looks likeyou idiots got it wrong as did your imperialist Governments.

      slg - 2011-09-30 04:38

      This is addressed to six million Libyans.

      Anton - 2011-09-30 06:05

      It is mind bogging how some of these with anti Western feelings, will use ANY issue, in this case Libya, to spew their hatred. This war is now winding down, and day to day life is slowly getting some normality , and Libans are working hard to get their economy running again. Any utterances re these gaddai thugs having any further influence on Libayn affairs is just absurd and plain silly. All that the Libyans want from the past, is these gaddafi war criminals arrested and brought to justice. For the rest, they have now moved on and stared a new chapter. One can feel a tiny sorry for these gaddai supporters. Not only did these gaddafi criminals fool much of the Libyan population but also some on this site. This bravado,was all meant to distract. And gaddafi certainly managed to do this. But many psychopaths and even dictators, how criminal they may be , are not totally stupid. One must admit that gaddafi made a brilliant move. There was hardly a political family in Africa SOO PRO WESTERN as the gaddafies, but when the sh.t hit the fan , they quickly turned anti Wesrern, cause they realized it was with these radicals where they would get some support. These radicals fell into this trap !!!

      daaivark - 2011-09-30 11:47

      If you're in Cape Town, there's a cosy padded room at Valkenberg just waiting.

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