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Friday 15th March 2013 

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan and US Secretary of State John Kerry

In a brief meeting with the Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan in Washington President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring that the perpetrators of the September 11 attacks against the US mission in Benghazi are brought to justice.

The American President also made it clear that it would be rather important that Libya cooperates with the ongoing investigation of the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi in September 2011.

A statement by the spokesman of the American National Security Advisor on Wednesday said that President Barack Obama “joined National Security Advisor Tom Donilon’s meeting today with Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan during the Prime Minister’s first official visit to Washington.”

At the meeting, President Obama “expressed the United States’ support for the Libyan people and their government as they continue their democratic transition,” said the statement.

The statement added “the President reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring that the perpetrators of the September 11 attacks against the US mission in Benghazi are brought to justice, and stressed the importance of Libya’s cooperation with the ongoing investigation.”

Both leaders discussed “how the United States and Libya could work together, along with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya and our partners in the international community, to strengthen Libya’s government institutions, and particularly to enhance security and the rule of law,” it said.

President Obama noted that he was pleased to nominate Deborah K. Jones “to serve as the next US Ambassador to Libya and represent the American people during this important stage of Libya’s new democracy.”

Speaking earlier at a press conference with Secretary of State John Kerry, Mr. Zidan said “I would like to confirm that the Libyan Government insists to work with the United States of America in order to reach the truth – who are the perpetrators of the crimes that were committed, who killed this dear friend and his colleagues.”

“They must be put to trial, and we will reach this conclusion because this is a principal issue in our heritage, Islamic heritage, and in accordance with our morals. And inasmuch as we regret the killing of the American dear ambassador, we are keen on reaching the truth and to see that justice is achieved,” Zidan added.

Zidan said he had the opportunity to hold talks with various American top officials and made a reference to the encounter with the President Obama saying “we were honored with the passage of President Obama during the meeting [with the National Security Advisor]. And it was a very productive meeting that dealt with various aspects and issues that are important in the relationship between the United States and Libya. We have confirmed certain factors that are in the service of this relationship.”

Source: Tripoli Post 

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