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Clinton, NTC leaders discuss assistance, rebuilding in Libyan capital

(Xinhua)

09:05, October 19, 2011

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and Mahmoud Jibril, head of the executive board of Libya's ruling National Transitional Council attend a press conference in Tripoli, Libya, on Oct. 18, 2011. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)

TRIPOLI, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Senior leaders of Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) on Tuesday held talks with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who pledged efforts to help rebuild the war-torn country.

At a joint press conference in the capital Tripoli after their meeting, head of NTC's executive board Mahmoud Jibril said the two sides have agreed to form a high-level joint committee on bilateral relations on the new track.

Clinton, who arrived here Tuesday on an unannounced visit, said the committee is welcomed by the United States as it will "look at the priorities of the Libyans themselves have."

"This is Libya's moment. This is Libya's victory. And the future belongs to you," said Clinton.

Confirming that the two sides are working together to return billions of dollars of frozen assets, Clinton said the first thing to focus on in Libya at the current stage is still security.

"I am pleased to announce that we are going to put even more money into helping Libya secure and destroy dangerous stockpiles of weapons," she said, noting that a total of 40 million U.S. dollars will be supporting this effort. She added that they will also work to destroy chemical weapons believed to be possessed by the fallen leadership of Muammar Gaddafi.


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