'Friends of Libya' to Discuss Rebuilding Libya on Sept 1

World | August 24, 2011, Wednesday // 20:40|  views

File photo, 10.07.2009, G8 summit. L-R: Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, US President Barack Obama, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. EPA/BGNES

A high-level conference with representatives from countries such as France, Italy, Russia, China, India and Brazil will meet with Libyan rebel representatives next Thursday in Paris to discuss the future of the country.

This became clear Wednesday after a meeting of French President Nicolas Sarkozy with Libyan rebel National Transitional Council chair Mahmoud Jibril in Paris.

Sarkozy stated that the conference, which will concentrate on building a stable political and economic future for Libya, as well as prosperity for the Libyan people, will include the countries that participated in the operation against Muammar Gaddafi's regime, but also Russia, China, India and Brazil.

The French President stated that NATO and France will continue to provide support for the Libyan rebels as long as they need it, but once Gaddafi's regime is completely terminated, they will withdraw.

At the same time, the office of UK PM David Cameron informed that the 1 September meeting will discuss "the international community can help [the rebels] on the path to establishing a free, democratic and inclusive Libya".

Mahmoud Jibril, who is technically the Prime Minister of the Libyan rebel government, set out Wednesday on a short tour in Europe in order to secure funding for the state run by the rebel National Transitional Council.

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