Clinton: US will 'strongly support' NATO efforts on Libya
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged Thursday that the United States would "strongly support" NATO-led military efforts in Libya and urged political pressure to remove leader Moamer Kadhafi.
"New voices from inside and outside Libya have joined the calls for Kadhafi's departure," Clinton told a NATO meeting in Berlin, according to her prepared remarks.
"For our part, the US is committed to our shared mission. We will strongly support the coalition until our work is completed," she said.
France and Britain, which spearheaded the international drive to stop Kadhafi's attacks on his own people, have been pushing for more support from NATO partners in the military campaign.
President Barack Obama's administration has made clear that it has a full plate with an intensified war in Afghanistan and continued involvement in Iraq.
But Clinton said that NATO-led partners "should be proud" of their action in Libya and that the United States agreed with the aims.
"As President Obama made clear, we must see Kadhafi go. Only then can a viable transition move forward," Clinton said.
Alongside the military campaign, Clinton also called for intensified political and economic measures against Kadhafi.
"Together we must deepen Kadhafi's diplomatic, financial and military isolation and sharpen the choices facing those around him," she said.
© 2011 AFP