Washington: There is no indication that the Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi has left the country but the recent developments have shown that power is slipping away from him, the White House has said.
   
"There's still no evidence to indicate that he has left," White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters travelling with the US President Barack Obama in his summer vacation.
   
What I can tell you is that the developments that we're seeing are an indication that the Gaddafi regime's 42-year grip on power in Libya is slipping, Earnest said.
   
"That is frankly a testament to the resolve and courage of the Libyan people, over the course of the last six months that they have been able to make significant progress on that front. That progress has no doubt been aided by the efforts of NATO and our partners in the region who have provided some pretty significant support on that front," he said, adding that the US is monitoring the situation in Libya.
   
He said that efforts were being made to free up some of the Libyan assets that were frozen as a part of the embargo that the US had put in place several months ago.
   
"So they're working to free up about USD 1.5 billion in those funds, in those resources, to provide some humanitarian assistance and to provide some support to the TNC that's sort in the early stages of trying to put some governmental infrastructure in place there," Earnest said.
   
So, that is obviously a meaningful support that would be helpful to them. But in terms of any sort of additional commitment of resources, I don't have anything for you on that at this point, he added.
   
Expressing full confidence in the capabilities of the TNC, the White House official said the US was encouraged by the way they had conducted themselves so far.
   
"We intend to be a partner and to be supportive of their efforts to put in a governmental structure and transition to a freer Libya," he said.
   
"It is fair to say that there are some detailed policy discussions and evaluations that are being made at the White House in terms of considering the kinds of things that would be incorporated into that plan.
   
It is fair to say that those are detailed discussions.

It's fair to say that the President is in the loop on those discussions, that he's aware of the progress that they're making and he's weighing in and offering some feedback," he said in response to a question.

(Agencies)