October 20, 2011

Senator John McCain said Thursday that the death of Moamer Kadhafi marked the end of “the first phase” of Libya’s revolution and called for closer ties between Washington and Tripoli.

“The death of Moamer Kadhafi marks an end to the first phase of the Libyan revolution. While some final fighting continues, the Libyan people have liberated their country,” the Republican lawmaker said in a statement.

His comments came shortly after a spokesman for the National Transitional Council rebels in Libya said Kadhafi had been killed by new regime forces in their final assault on the last pocket of resistance in his hometown Sirte.

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