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Libyan PM Wants Positive Relations Amid US Raid Aftermath

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FILE - Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan speaks during a joint news conference with Oil Minister Abdelbari al-Arusi at the Prime Minister's Office in Tripoli.

FILE - Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan speaks during a joint news conference with Oil Minister Abdelbari al-Arusi at the Prime Minister's Office in Tripoli.

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has stated that his country wants to keep good relations with the United States after a raid by American special forces captured a senior al-Qaida operative last week in Tripoli.

''The relations with the United States are those of friendship and positive cooperation, and they are very good. The United States helped Libya very much during the revolution and the relations should not be affected by an incident, even if it is a serious one. We emphasize that Libyan citizens should be judged in Libya, and Libya does not surrender its sons. I hope this incident will be wisely solved by the two countries in a wise manner, God willing,'' said Zeidan.

Earlier on Tuesday, Libya's Justice Ministry said it had summoned U.S. Ambassador Deborah Jones to answer questions about the operation. The government had already asked for clarification about what it called the "kidnapping" of Abu Anas al-Libi.

U.S. forces grabbed Libi from his car Saturday in Tripoli, and have taken him to a Navy ship for interrogation.

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defended the capture, calling it "legal and appropriate." He said the Libyan government's complaints are unfounded, and that Libi will go before a court of law.

A federal court in New York indicted Libi in 2000 for allegedly planning the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation offered a $5 million bounty for information leading to his capture.
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