French, British leaders meet for Libya talks

13th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron, who are pressing NATO allies to step up air raids in Libya, will meet Wednesday in Paris to discuss the conflict, officials said.

Sarkozy will hold a working dinner with the British prime minister which will focus exclusively on Libya, they said, adding that the leaders would not be holding a press conference afterwards.

Their dinner comes a day before the NATO alliance holds a meeting in Berlin at which the conflict pitting badly-armed rebels against the forces of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi.

"With the contact group meeting in Doha it is a valuable opportunity for (them) to discuss face to face both the military response and also the humanitarian response," Cameron's spokesman said in London.

The international contact group on Libya opened its first meeting on Wednesday under the joint chairmanship of host nation Qatar and Britain, with UN chief Ban Ki-moon among the top-level delegates.

When asked if Cameron felt frustration at efforts of other NATO countries, his spokesman said: "I have nothing to add to what Foreign Secretary (William Hague) said this morning (in Doha)."

Hague told the Doha forum that participants should agree on "maintaining pressure on the Kadhafi regime by implementing the (UN) Security Council resolution and enforcing sanctions... making clear that Kadhafi has to leave."

© 2011 AFP

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