Thursday, January 22, 2009

Libya's Kadhafi says Obama means a 'new America'

TRIPOLI: Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, who applauded Barack Obama's election, has said the United States under the new president is a "new America."

"Today, America is a different America," Kadhafi said on Wednesday in a video link-up with students at Washington's Georgetown University, according to extracts published on Thursday by the state news agency Jana.

Kadhafi, who for years was Washington's bete noire, underscored what he said was the "need to give an historic world opportunity to President Obama and the new America ... to permit the new America to be a state that is loving of peoples and freedom."

He said he hoped Obama's campaign call for change would mean that the country is neither imperialist nor hostile to the peoples."

read the whole thing at Times of India

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