London: US Secretary of State Hillary
Rodham Clinton urged more NATO nations to take an operational role in the air campaign in Libya, and defended her own country's contribution to the mission.
Speaking ahead of President Barack Obama's scheduled
two-day visit to Britain, Clinton acknowledged that additional
support would help put military pressure on Muammar Gaddafi's
"We have a lot of confidence in what our joint efforts
are producing. We would like to see some other of our NATO
friends and allies join in with us, in order to make sure that
the pressure is maintained consistently," Clinton told
reporters yesterday, following talks with British Foreign
Secretary William Hague.
Clinton also defended the contribution of the US which
handed control of the mission to NATO in late March following
questions over Obama's commitment.
"Even today, the United States continues to fly 25 per
cent of all sorties, we continue to provide the majority of
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets," Clinton
NATO said that 13 of its 28 member nations are
offering equipment to the 17-nation strong alliance carrying
out the air campaign in Libya.
Some British lawmakers have claimed that the UK and
France have shouldered an unfair burden in the Libya campaign,
and called on the US to deploy additional jets in an attempt
to increase the pace of airstrikes.
First Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 12:46