Obama meets Kib, pushes June Libya poll

2012-03-07 22:33

Washington - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday held a previously unannounced meeting with Libya's interim Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib and stressed the need for elections to go ahead in June.

The White House said Obama "applauded the prime minister for his leadership during Libya's democratic transition and his government's efforts to rebuild the country".

"The president encouraged the prime minister to continue plans to hold national elections in June and stressed the importance of transparency and engagement with Libya's newly energized civil society as the government develops accountable institutions," the White House statement said.

Obama and Kib also discussed security issues and co-operation on border management, weapons security, and regional counter-terrorism, and the US leader noted the efforts of US forces in winning Libya's liberation.

"The president said he looks forward to a close partnership between the United States and Libya going forward," the statement said.

Libya is due to hold its first election for a constituent assembly in June in line with a declaration by the ruling National Transitional Council after the ouster of long time strongman Muammar Gaddafi.