Libya's Kadhafi to visit Paris
29 October 2007, PARIS (AFP) - Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi is to make an official visit to France in December, French media reported on Sunday, while the presidency confirmed that a trip was planned.
29 October 2007
PARIS (AFP) - Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi is to make an official visit to France in December, French media reported on Sunday, while the presidency confirmed that a trip was planned.
"The president of the republic travelled to Libya, so it is only normal for Libya's leader to return the visit," the French presidency said on Sunday, confirming Kadhafi would "make a visit to Paris" without specifying a date.
The Journal du Dimanche newspaper reported that Kadhafi would come ahead of an Africa-European Union summit in Lisbon on December 8-9.
It said the visit, expected to last two days, would be the first by a Libyan leader in 34 years.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy travelled to Libya on July 25-26, the first step of an African tour, the day after Tripoli released six Bulgarian medics detained for eight years on charges of infecting children with the AIDS virus.
The French parliament has set up a commission of inquiry into whether the Libyan leader was offered incentives to smooth the deal, including a French military aid package struck during Sarkozy's visit.
The two leaders were expected to discuss the crisis in Sudan's Darfur region as well as military and business contracts, including a possible Libyan order for the French-made Rafale fighter jet, the Journal du Dimanche reported.
French media reported early this year that Libya planned to order between 13 and 18 Rafale fighter jets as part of its plans to modernise its army -- a report denied by its manufacturer, French aerospace group Dassault Aviation.
The fourth generation Rafale fighter planes have never been sold outside France.
Subject: French news