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Dec172011

Leon Panetta Arrives in Libya for Meetings with Transitional Govt.

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(TRIPOLI) -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta became the first Pentagon chief ever to set foot on Libyan soil on Saturday.

Upon arrival at Tripoli's International Airport , near to the scene of gun battles just a week ago, Panetta was whisked away for meetings with Libya's transitional government.  

His visit comes a day after the U.N. , the U.S. and the U.K. announced the lifting of sanctions and the unblocking of billions of dollars of assets frozen earlier this year.

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