February 22, 2011 / 1:49 PM / 9 years ago

U.S. military chief says concerned with Libya unrest

ABU DHABI, Feb 22 (Reuters) - The top military officer of the United States said on Tuesday he was concerned with the loss of life in Libya and that change in the north African state needed to be resolved peacefully.

“Obviously there is a great concern with what’s going on in Libya, the loss of life there specifically,” Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

“And we all agree this is a time for enormous change and it needs to be resolved peacefully without loss of life,” he added.

Mullen arrived in the Gulf region on Sunday for a week-long visit to underscore U.S. strategic ties with allies challenged by protest movements sweeping the Arab world. (Reporting by Mahmoud Habboush; Writing by Jason Benham; Editing by Reed Stevenson)

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