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Clinton visits new Libyan leaders, pledges $135 million

United States have pledged $135 million to Libya's new leaders and former rebels in the National Transitional Council, for humanitarian aid and military equipment. Weaponry has already been provided by other countries, including France and Qatar.

The pledge was announced by the US Secretary of State, Hiliary Clinton, during her short visit of the country on Tuesday.

Addressing an Islamic conference in Tripoli, Clinton remarked,

I am proud to stand here on the soil of a free Libya.” 

Meeting Libya's NTC and interim prime minister, Mahmoud Jibril, Clinton discussed the on-going fighting with Gaddafi loyalists. 

 During her stay she also visited wounded fighters at Tripoli Medical Centre.

"We are on your side", she is reported to have said to one of the fighters.

Clinton is the most senior US official to have visited since the fighting began.

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