McCain, however, said the U.S. remained concerned about Libya’s record on human rights and political reform.
“As we move ahead with the many ways in which the United States and Libya can work together as partners, there remain areas where real work needs to be done,” McCain said. “The status of human rights and political reform in Libya will remain a chief element of concern.”
The U.S. State Department’s 2008 human rights report on Libya says problems include reported disappearances, torture, arbitrary arrests and the detention of political prisoners. The report also cites a lack of civil liberties, restrictions on freedom of religion and discrimination against women and ethnic minorities.
Still, McCain said, “ties between the United States and Libya have taken a remarkable and positive turn in recent years.” The American delegation also included Sens.Joseph Lieberman, Susan Collins and Lindsay Graham, (and John McCain.)