US senators discuss military equipment for Libya
Tripoli: A delegation of US senators led by John McCain met with Libya`s leader Friday to discuss the possible delivery of non-lethal defence equipment.
The visit and Washington`s offer of military equipment was another sign of the improving ties between the former longtime adversaries.
"We discussed the possibility of moving ahead with the provision of non-lethal defense equipment to the government of Libya," McCain said at a news conference. He gave no details on the kind of military equipment Washington is offering.
A halting, five-year rapprochement between the two countries began in 2003 when Moammar Gadhafi renounced terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Earlier this year, Washington posted an ambassador to Libya for the first time in 36 years.
Senator McCain, however, said the US remained concerned about Libya`s record on human rights and political reform.
"As we move ahead with the many ways in which the United States and Libya can work together as partners, there remain areas where real work needs to be done," McCain said.
"The status of human rights and political reform in Libya will remain a chief element of concern."
The US State Department`s 2008 human rights report on Libya says problems include reported disappearances, torture, arbitrary arrests and the detention of political prisoners.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Rajnath Singh arrives in Kashmir, meets civil society delegation
- Nawaz Sharif's dream of making Kashmir a terror hell will never come true, says Sushma Swaraj
- Dr Subhash Chandra Show: How to develop good communication skills for a successful life?
- Curfew lifted from 4 districts of Kashmir valley
- Recently launched Pokemon Go gaining extreme popularity among users
- After Gujarat, two Bihar Dalit youths thrashed, urinated upon: Watch shocking video
- Another beef-related assault reported, four of a Dalit family attacked in Karnataka
- INS Viraat embarks on farewell voyage to Kochi
- West Indies vs India - 1st Test, Day 3 - As it happened...
- LIVE STREAMING: West Indies vs India, 1st Test, Day 3