Sarkozy, Cameron plan Libya visit Thursday: sources

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron were planning to visit Libya Thursday in a trip that would be the first by foreign leaders since rebels ousted Moamer Kadhafi, sources said.

Britain and France spearheaded the NATO air war against Kadhafi's forces that helped the rebels slowly fight their way towards Tripoli and install the National Transitional Council (NTC) as the new government there.

The two leaders will be accompanied by Bernard-Henri Levy, the French philosopher who championed Libya's revolution and helped convince Sarkozy to back the rebels, several sources said in Paris.

The trio were expected to meet with NTC leaders in Tripoli, while press reports said they may also travel to Benghazi, the eastern city where the uprising kicked off in February.

French police sources said that 160 officers had been told to get ready for a Wednesday night departure for Libya in order to secure a number of places in Tripoli ahead of the visit.

© 2011 AFP

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