14 Mar '11, 6am

Clinton heads on overseas tour dominated by Libya

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was on her way to Europe and the Middle East early Monday for a round of diplomacy focusing on the Libyan uprising and the new governments in Tunisia and Egypt. Clinton, representing an Obama administration wary of intervention, will meet in Paris with a Libyan opposition pleading for foreign military intervention to repel a counter-offensive by troops loyal to Muammar al-Gaddafi. On Monday Clinton will also directly hear French calls to "speed up" multilateral efforts for a no-fly zone over Libya aimed at grounding Gaddafi's air power. The chief US diplomat will then travel to Cairo and Tunis, where she will become the highest-level US official to visit since their presidents were toppled in mass pro-democracy protests. During her stop in Paris on Monday and Tuesday, Clinton will join her counterparts from France, Russia, ...

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