Clinton says US helping post-Gadhafi Libya

AP News
Posted: Feb 28, 2012 4:04 PM
Clinton says US helping post-Gadhafi Libya

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the United States is working closely with Libya as it struggles to create a post-Moammar Gadhafi (MOO'-ah-mar gah-DAH'-fee) existence.

Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday that Libyan Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib will be visiting the United States in a few weeks. She urged senators to meet with him.

Clinton said Libya is getting its economy up and running. She said the government in Tripoli has faced problems trying to combine the country's militias into a new national army.

She said the people of Libya are optimistic but "it's like starting from scratch."

Libyan rebels overthrew the Gadhafi regime last year. They received military backing from the United States and other nations.