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NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the Chairman of the National Transitional Council

31 Oct. 2011

NATO Secretary General makes historic Libya trip

Anders Fogh Rasmussen is making an historic visit to Libya, the first ever of a NATO Secretary General. The visit marks the conclusion of the NATO-led Operation Unified Protector for Libya, which comes to an end at midnight on October 31, exactly seven months since it began.

Mr Rasmussen met Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the Chairman of the National Transitional Council, and other members of the new Libyan leadership. He also met young people and representatives of Libya's civil society.

At a press conference with Chairman Abdul Jalil, the Secretary General congratulated the Libyan people, stating that "Libya is finally free. From Benghazi to Brega, from Misrata to the Nafusa mountains and Tripoli. Your courage, determination and sacrifice have transformed this country and helped change the region." He said he was proud of the part played by NATO and its partners, many from the region. "At midnight tonight, a successful chapter in NATO's history is coming to an end. But you have already started writing a new chapter in the history of Libya. A new Libya, based on freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law and reconciliation."

The Secretary General said Allies know from their own experience that "hard-won freedom brings high hopes and great expectations, and the hard work to make them real has begun." He said that NATO could help with building defence and security institutions, if requested. He also expressed the hope that a democratic Libya can join the circle of NATO partners "one day soon," if this is the wish of the Libyan people.

Last updated: 01-Nov-2011 09:56

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NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrives in Tripoli. 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrives in Tripoli. 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrives in Tripoli. 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrives in Tripoli. 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrives in Tripoli. 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General (left) meets with the interim Prime Minister of Libya, Mahmoud Jibril (right). 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General (center) meets with the interim Prime Minister of Libya, Mahmoud Jibril (second from left).  
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General meets with the interim Prime Minister of Libya, Mahmoud Jibril. 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen being interviewed by CNN on this trip to Libya. 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Chairman of the National Transitional Council of Libya 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the interim Prime Minister of Libya, Mahmoud Jibril 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the interim Prime Minister of Libya, Mahmoud Jibril 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Chairman of the National Transitional Council of Libya 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Chairman of the National Transitional Council of Libya 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Chairman of the National Transitional Council of Libya 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Chairman of the National Transitional Council of Libya 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Chairman of the National Transitional Council of Libya during theit joint press conference 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen during his joint press conference with Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Chairman of the National Transitional Council of Libya 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Chairman of the National Transitional Council of Libya during theit joint press conference 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Chairman of the National Transitional Council of Libya during theit joint press conference 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Chairman of the National Transitional Council of Libya during theit joint press conference 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen being interviewed by Libya Hurra 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets leaders of the National Transitional Council forces 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets leaders of the National Transitional Council forces 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets leaders of the National Transitional Council forces 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets young activists and civil society groups 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets young activists and civil society groups 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets young activists and civil society groups 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets young activists and civil society groups 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets young activists and civil society groups 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets young activists and civil society groups 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets young activists and civil society groups 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets young activists and civil society groups 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets young activists and civil society groups 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets young activists and civil society groups 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets young activists and civil society groups 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets young activists and civil society groups 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets young activists and civil society groups 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets young activists and civil society groups 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets young activists and civil society groups 
NATO Secretary General visits Libya 31. Oct. 2011 NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets young activists and civil society groups