US, French, British, German leaders hold Libya talks

29th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

The leaders of Britain, France, Germany and the United States Monday discussed NATO's takeover of operations in Libya and voiced support for a conference on the country's future, the French presidency said.

US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke during a video conference that also touched on reforms in Egypt and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the French president's office said in a statement.

The four leaders discussed "the Libyan situation and the implementation of resolution 1973 the day after the transfer by the United States of the conduct of operations to NATO," the statement said.

"They also expressed their support for the conference taking place tomorrow (Tuesday) March 29 in London which should bring together the international community in support of the political transition in Libya," it said.

The talks also focused on "support for the transition process in Egypt and the need to relaunch the Israeli-Palestinian negotiation process," it said.

More than 35 countries will attend the conference in London on Tuesday to map out a future for Libya.

A spokesman for Cameron's office said the British leader had told his counterparts that the conference should "strengthen and broaden the coalition of countries committed to implementing the UN resolutions" on Libya.

© 2011 AFP

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