US, British defense chiefs meet on Libya, Syria

April 26, 2011 19:18

WASHINGTON - US and British defense chiefs met at the Pentagon on Tuesday to discuss ways to bring greater pressure on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as fears of a stalemate grow despite a month of coalition air strikes.

The two allies will also talk about the war in Afghanistan and violence in Syria, where Washington and London are looking at sanctions after the killing of hundreds of people seeking an end to President Bashar al-Assad's 11-year rule.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, started meetings at around midday with Britain's Defense Secretary Liam Fox and Chief of the Defense Staff General David Richards.

Gates and Fox are expected to address the media briefly after the talks at around 2:15 pm (1815 GMT).

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