Hilary Clinton and Robert Gates
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Hillary Clinton on Libya: 'There is no perfect option'

27 March 2011 Last updated at 17:21 BST

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defence Robert Gates have been speaking on American television about the situation in Libya.

Speaking on ABC's This Week Mrs Clinton said she believed that President Obama had ordered the "best available option".

Robert Gates said the involvement prevented the "large scale slaughter" that was beginning to take place in the country.