Obama meets Kib, pushes June Libya poll
08 March 2012, 08:18
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.
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.
president said he looks forward to a close partnership between the
United States and Libya going forward," the statement said.
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.