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U.S. senior diplomat visits Tripoli

(Xinhua)

10:13, September 15, 2011

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Jeff Feltman on Wednesday visited Libyan capital Tripoli to assess the situation on the ground, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Wednesday.

Toner told reporters that Feltman, who is the U.S. diplomat in charge of Near Eastern affairs, met with "a broad array of Libyans, " including chairman of the National Transition Council Mustafa Abdel Jalil, as well as many civil society representatives.

"He gave a press availability there, where he spoke about the United States' respect for Libya's sovereignty, as well as our respect for what the Libyan opposition has accomplished thus far," said Toner.

He added that the U.S. seeks a broader relationship with Libya which is based on "mutual respect and shared interests."

After six months of fighting, Libyan rebels have taken control of most areas of the North African country and prepared to enter the last strongholds of toppled leader Muammar Gaddafi, including Bani Walid near the capital, Sirte on the Mediterranean coast and Sabha deep in the Sahara desert.

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