(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- A quartet of Republican Senators visited Tripoli Thursday to meet with members of the Transitional National Council, the new leaders of Libya.
Speaking for the group, Arizona Sen. John McCain told reporters, "The Libyan people have inspired the world....We believe strongly that the people of Libya today are inspiring the people in Tehran, in Damascus and even in Beijing and Moscow."
McCain, who was in Libya's capital with Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Marco Rubio of Florida, also held talks with Libya's military commanders, who are directing rebels in their fight against forces still loyal to ousted dictator, Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
While the TNC now virtually controls nearly all of Libya, McCain also spoke of another serious crisis -- that of thousands of unaccounted pieces of Gadhafi's arsenal that include conventional and biological and chemical weapons.
The Arizona lawmaker, who supported U.S. and NATO efforts to back the rebels, said, "It's essential to continue working together to secure the many weapons and dangerous materials that the Gadhafi regime proliferated around this country."
McCain asserted that more is being done to find these arsenals before they wind up in the hands of Gadhafi's forces or Islamic militants who could transport them to other countries.
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