Obama confident U.S. will transfer Libyan campaign control

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Posted: Mar 22, 2011 5:41 PM

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - President Barack Obama expressed confidence on Tuesday the United States will be able to transfer control of the Libyan military operation to an international coalition in a matter of days.

Amid questions among allies about who will control the operation, Obama told a news conference with El Salvador President Mauricio Funes that "I have absolutely no doubt" that an agreement will be found soon.

Obama also said he believed the costs of the U.S. involvement in Libya will be factored into the Defense Department's budget and will not present an added burden to Americans.

"At the end of the day, the American people are going to feel satisfied that lives were saved and people were helped," he said.

(Reporting by Alister Bull, Steve Holland and Caren Bohan; Editing by Doina Chiacu)