I know I broke this news several days ago when the State Department announced it, but I thought I would disturb the peace of the vacation lull with a reminder of the interruption to the Secretary's nice vacation. (I know. I know. It was already disturbed by Irene. I hope she gets back for the long Labor Day weekend at the beach.)
August 31, 2011
David Gullust | Washington
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and officials from about 50 other countries are set to convene in Paris on Thursday to discuss Libya’s transition to post-Gadhafi democratic rule. The head of Libya’s National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, is expected to outline the NTC’s immediate needs.
France called the meeting a week ago as NTC forces moved into Tripoli. Now, with Moammar Gadhafi's rule at an end, the conference will focus on how to help Libya establish stable democratic governance.
And from AFP.
By Lachlan Carmichael (AFP) – 1 hour ago
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was to leave Wednesday for international talks in Paris aimed at sounding out Libyan rebels on what US officials call their "enormous" needs in establishing a new government.
What is at stake, US officials say, is how well the rebels bring security to the capital Tripoli and other war-torn areas, restore services like water, deal with fallen but fugitive strongman Moamer Kadhafi, and prepare for democratic rule.
Donc, bon voyage, Mme. La Secretaire... encore!