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U.S. Official Anticipates Close Relations With Tripoli

July 14, 2012

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns was in the Libyan capital on July 14 for security talks following the country's historic elections one week ago.

Burns met with interim Libyan Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib and other officials, saying that responding to Libyan security threats was in the interests of both countries.

Burns also discussed possible cooperation in the areas of health and education.

No agreements were signed, but Burns emphasized the likelihood of expanded relations after Libya's new government is formed.

On July 7, Libya held its first free elections in more than half a century, following the overthrow of longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi last year.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP


Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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