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Tuesday
Apr052011

US Liaison to Libyan Opposition Arrives in Benghazi

US State Department(WASHINGTON) -- Chris Stevens, the Obama administration's liaison to the Libyan opposition, arrived in Benghazi Tuesday, two senior U.S. officials told ABC News.

Stevens is also joined by several members of USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team who will start developing plans to bring humanitarian assistance into eastern Libya.

While in Libya, Stevens will meet with members of the Transitional National Council in an effort to help the U.S. better understand the composition and goals of the Libyan opposition.  He’ll also discuss potential financial assistance and humanitarian aid.

“These meetings follow on the outreach efforts by the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz and other senior officials, and represent our commitment to supporting the Libyan people in their efforts to transition to the future that they deserve,” one official said.

“He’s going to talk to the TNC leadership about the kind of civil society and political structure they are trying to build in Libya.  It is encouraging so far that they have outlined their commitment to democracy and to a very robust engagement with Libyans from across the political spectrum and this is in line with what they have consistently said were their goals… We recognize the TNC will need funds to keep it going and we are looking at ways in which we can assist,” the official added.

The U.S. has yet to formally recognize the Libyan opposition, something France, Italy, Qatar, and soon Kuwait, have done.

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