Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Malta and Libya on October 18, 2011. Secretary Clinton was the first Secretary of State in the United States to visit Malta in more than two decades. She met with Maltese Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi and thanked the government and people of Malta for their extraordinary response to the events of this last year and to reaffirm the strong partnership and friendship between our two countries.
There are three main purposes to the Secretary's visit to Libya. First is simply to offer on behalf of the American people and government, congratulations and best wishes to the Libyan people for what, through great hardship, sacrifice, and courage, they have achieved in opening the door to a more promising future for Libya after 42 years of the Qadhafi dictatorship.
The second area of focus for the Secretary's trip will be the whole range of transition-related issues, the way moving forward. The third area that the Secretary is going to want to talk about is for an expanded deeper partnership between Libya and the United States, both at the official level and between the Libyan people and the people of the United States.
You can follow the Secretary's travel here on www.state.gov.