(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East, Jeffrey Feltman, has stressed that Washington has no intention of having combat forces on the ground in Libya.
"President Obama's been very clear that we have not, had not, will not have any combat presence on the ground in Libya. Period."
Speaking in Tripoli Wednesday, Feltman said his visit was intended to "highlight the friendship between the people of the United States and the people of Libya."
"We look forward to re-opening a fully functioning, fully staffed embassy as soon as possible."
As to the ongoing fighting in some areas still loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, Feltman said he was concerned about efforts to negotiate national turnovers to the Transitional National Council.
Earlier this week, NATO warplanes pounded targets in a number of strongholds of support for Gadhafi.
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