Clinton arrives in Libya on unannounced visit

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived here Tuesday on an unannounced visit for talks with Libya's ruling National Transitional Council which was struggling to consolidate its control over a war-torn country.

Clinton is the first U.S. cabinet-level official to visit the North African country. She will hold talks with top officials including NTC chief Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, head of NTC's executive board Mahmoud Jibril and finance chief Ali Tarhouni.

The visit comes as NTC fighters have made solid advance in Bani Walid and Sirte, the last strongholds of fallen leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Gaddafi is still on the run, though rebels have taken control of most of the North African country.

[Source: Xinhua, Tripoli, 18Oct11]

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