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Friday
Sep162011

Libyans Welcome British and French Leaders

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy paid a visit to Tripoli Thursday, just weeks after rebel forces drove Col. Moammar Gadhafi from the capital, allowing the Transitional National Council to gain control of the government.

The appearance of the two foreign leaders, whose countries' war planes were instrumental in helping the rebels turn the tide against Gadhafi's forces, at first caught Libyans by surprise.  But the crowds soon gathered to greet Cameron and Sarkozy, who strained to be heard over the wild cheering.

Both promised that their governments would free up billions in Libyan assets to assist the new regime while offering to help in the hunt for Gadhafi, who is still believed to be hiding out in Libya.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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