Obama, NATO Secretary-General Meet at White House

Posted November 7th, 2011 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama met with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the White House Monday for talks that covered Libya and other topics.

The White House issued a statement Monday, saying Mr. Obama thanked Rasmussen for “his strong and effective leadership” during NATO's seven-month operation in Libya. The statement said the president and the secretary-general agreed that by acting quickly and decisively, NATO saved the lives of thousands of Libyan civilians.

The NATO formally ended its mission to Libya last week, as Rasmussen visited Tripoli, Libya's capital, for talks. Libya's transitional leaders had urged NATO to continue for a while because of security concerns.

The alliance's bombing campaign helped Libya's former rebels drive Moammar Gadhafi from power. NATO formally decided to halt the mission last month after the United Nations canceled the mandate.

Separately, the White House statement said the talks covered goals for a NATO summit which Mr. Obama will host in Chicago next May, as well as the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan.