Prime Minister Abdurrahim arrived in Washington on Wednesday where he met with US President Barack Obama.
During their talks, according to a . . .[restrict]White House statement, President Obama “pledged continued US support to the Libyan people and noted the contributions made by American service members and civilians to securing Libya’s freedom”. The White House said he also applauded the Al-Kib “for his leadership during Libya’s democratic transition and his government’s efforts to rebuild the country”.
Supporting Libya in its plans to hold elections in June, the US president was reported to have stressed the importance of transparency “and engagement with Libya’s newly energized civil society as the government develops accountable institutions”.
The statement said that the two men also discussed a range of security issues and increased cooperation on border management, weapons security and regional counterterrorism concerns.
The US president said he looks forward to a close partnership between the United States and Libya going forward.
The meeting with President Obama was the first of several Al-Kib will hold with US officials during the week.
Also while in Washington he will address US-Libya Business Association on 8 March and the next day discuss Libya’s political transition and the future of U.S.-Libya relations at Washington’s Carnegie Endowment for International peace. [/restrict]