Hillary Clinton has been in Tripoli for a one day visit to cement relations with the new leaders of Libya.
The US Secretary of State met with senior figures from the National Transitional Council, including the de facto president Mustafa Abdul Jalil
She announced measures to create closer ties between the two countries, offering aid, as well as encouraging them to follow through on a promise of swift elections.
Clinton said: “We will support a process of democratising that respects the rule of law, that respects the rights of minorities and women and young people. Groups that want to undermine democracy or subvert it are going to have to be dealt with by the Libyans themselves.”
The NTC has agreed to an eight month timeline for elections once they have full control of the country.
Clinton’s visit was secret prior to her arrival in Tripoli and marked by tight security.