Sarkozy speaks to Kadhafi

22nd August 2007, Comments 0 comments

TRIPOLI, Aug 22, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has come under fire at home for his dealings with Libya, spoke by telephone with Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, the official news agency Jana reported on Wednesday.

TRIPOLI, Aug 22, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has come under fire at home for his dealings with Libya, spoke by telephone with Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, the official news agency Jana reported on Wednesday.

During the call late on Tuesday, the two leaders discussed preparations for the Europe-Africa summit scheduled for December in Lisbon and issues concerning the Mediterranean area, Jana added.

It said Sarkozy renewed "France's support for the brother leader's (Kadhafi's) continuing efforts for unity in Africa and the creation of a united states of Africa," one of Khadafi's pet projects.

Sarkozy underlined his "particular concern to reinforce relations" between France and Libya, it said.

The phone call took place after Sarkozy's visit to Libya in July when he became the second French president to travel to Libya since it won independence in 1951. President Jacques Chirac visited in November 2004.

But Sarkozy's visit has raised suspicions about how a deal was struck for the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who had been been convicted in Libya of infecting hundreds of children with the AIDS virus.

Sarkozy, who helped negotiate their release, has been forced to deny accusations he traded it for a nuclear cooperation deal with France and military contracts with European defence firm EADS, which were announced days after the medics' return to Europe.

AFP

Subject: French news

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