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Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of National Security Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni of Libya

Today, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met with Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni of Libya at the White House.  The Prime Minister thanked Ambassador Rice for U.S. support to the Libyan people during the uprising against Muammar Qadhafi’s rule and during this transitional period as Libya emerges from 42 years of dictatorship. Ambassador Rice and Prime Minister al-Thinni discussed the need for strong international support of Libya during this difficult time and agreed on the importance of an immediate ceasefire in Tripoli, full respect for the authority of the elected Council of Representatives, and the participation of all parties in a national dialogue to promote reconciliation.  They also agreed that all of Libya’s international partners should use their influence with different Libyan factions to stop the fighting in Tripoli as quickly as possible.