Kerry talks aid with Libyan anti-Gadhafi leader

AP News
Posted: May 11, 2011 4:58 PM
Kerry talks aid with Libyan anti-Gadhafi leader

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry says he is writing legislation at the request of the Obama administration to free up some of Moammar Gadhafi's frozen assets for use by anti-Gadhafi forces in Libya.

The Massachusetts Democrat was meeting with Mahmoud Gibril, a representative of the Libyan Transitional National Council. He did not specify the amount of aid but said it would be enough to impact the crises faced by the transitional council.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said at a meeting in Rome last week that the administration is moving to release some of the more than $30 billion in Gadhafi's frozen assets to help the opposition.

Gibril says he wants to convey to Americans that "our dream and our vision is to build a democratic Libya."