Tripoli, 10 June 2013:
Libya is looking to the US to provide training for the Libyan army and the police. It also would like the Americans to ease procedures so that more young Libyans can go and study in the US.
The Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, made the request at a meeting today with the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman. She arrived in Tripoli today on the first leg of a six-day North Africa tour that will take her to Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office, the two also discussed how to further develop relations “to serve the common interests of the two brotherly countries” – a turn of phrase to describe Libya and the US that has hardly been heard since the days of King Idris. Both spoke about the firm relationship in the past, before it deteriorated under Qaddafi.
The Prime Ministry quoted Sherman saying the United States would continue to support democratic transition in Libya. She also conveyed the American people’s deep condolences to the government and Libyan people on the recent tragic events in Benghazi. [/restrict]