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story.lead_photo.caption British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, and French President Nicholas Sarkozy, front right, are accompanied by NTC chief Mustafa Abdul-Jalil ahead of a visit to the Tripoli Medical Centre in Tripoli, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011. (AP / Stefan Rousseau )

— British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy gave Libya’s new rulers strong support during a landmark visit to Tripoli on Thursday, vowing to release billions of dollars more in frozen assets and to push ahead with NATO strikes against Moammar Gadhafi’s last strongholds.

Cameron told the fugitive Libyan leader and his backers, “It is over. Give up.”

The two were the first world leaders to travel to Tripoli since revolutionary forces, backed by NATO airstrikes, swept into the capital on Aug. 21 and forced Gadhafi into hiding. The visit aimed to give a significant boost to the National Transitional Council, the body of former rebels that is widely recognized as the new leadership but faces a major struggle in establishing its authority.

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