Barack Obama on Wednesday called for the international community to continue to support Libya as it transitions from decades under Moamer Gaddafi's rule, DPA reported
Addressing the UN General Assembly, Obama praised the international support of the rebels that brought down Gaddafi's regime.
"This is how the international community is supposed to work: Nations standing together for the sake of peace and security and individuals claiming their rights," he said.
"Now all of us have a responsibility to support the new Libya, the new Libyan government, as they confront the challenge of turning this moment of promise into a just and lasting peace for all Libyans."
He said: "Forty-two years of tyranny was ended in six months. From Tripoli to Misrata to Benghazi - today, Libya is free. Yesterday, the leaders of a new Libya took their rightful place beside us, and this week, the United States is reopening our Embassy in Tripoli."
Obama met Tuesday for the first time with Mustafa Abdul Jalil, president of the Transitional National Council, who was recognized as head of state by the UN at a meeting of world leaders. dpa aw ar Author: Anne Walters