X

Panetta Is First US Defense Chief to Visit Libya

His trip comes as US lifts sanctions
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2011 5:25 AM CST
Panetta Is First US Defense Chief to Visit Libya
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta greets members of the Libyan delegation on the tarmac on his arrival at Tripoli earlier today.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Leon Panetta became the first US defense secretary to go to Libya earlier today, touring war-torn Tripoli, reports the AP. Panetta is scheduled to meet with members of the transitional government and visit the graves of 13 sailors who died in 1804, when the US Intrepid attempted to destroy pirate ships in the Tripoli harbor. "They've earned the right to try to determine their future. They've earned the right to try to work their way through the issues that they're going to have to confront," said Panetta.

story continues below

"The last thing you want to do is to try to impose something on a country that has just gone through what the Libyans have gone through." The White House announced yesterday it was lifting the sanctions it imposed on Libya in February, freeing up $37 billion in assets. "It's not going to be easy. This is not a country that has a tradition of democratic institutions and representative government." (Read more Libya stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
X
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.

X