U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with beleagured Libya Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni on the sidelines of the U.S.-Africa Summit. Nathan Frandino reports.
As prime minister of Libya, Abdullah al-Thinni has come to this week's U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington, in need of help. Fighting for control back home between rival militia groups has worsened in recent weeks... leaving hundreds of people - mostly foreigners -- no choice but to leave altogether. For prime minister al-Thinni, meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry was a chance to reaffirm Washington's support. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PRIME MINISTER OF LIBYA ABDULLAH AL-THINNI SAYING: "We also ask the United States to stand by the Libyan people and its Parliament and its government so that it can overcome this very difficult period that it is experiencing." But the U.S. is among those countries who've left Libya in recent weeks, closing its embassy due to security concerns. Even so, Kerry says long-term stability is achievable, with help from the U.S. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING: "Libya's challenges can only be resolved by Libyan's themselves. But we are committed to stand by them as they engage in the difficult work of doing so." For now, they're standing by from a distance. The fighting has increased international worries that Libya is becoming a failed state. The U.S. says it will do all it can to stop that from happening.