EU's Ashton in east Libya offers rebels support

May 22, 2011 13:18

BENGHAZI, Libya - European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton pledged support for rebels in east Libya on Sunday, making the most senior visit to the area by a foreign official since a revolt against Muammar Gaddafi began.

"I saw the posters on the way from the airport to here saying 'We have a dream' and I'm here today to explain not only about our short-term support but also the breadth of our support," Ashton told a news conference in Benghazi.

France, Britain and other European states have been at the forefront of a efforts supporting Libya's rebels. French planes were the first to bomb Gaddafi's forces in March after the United Nations opened the way for military intervention.

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