Qaddafi-Sarkozy Meetings


Libya’s President Muammar Qaddafi met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris yesterday, in Qaddafi’s first state visit to France in more than three decades. The talks focused around economic cooperation and arms trade.

The talks also set off protest in Paris, with some members of Sarkozy’s cabinet objecting to the president’s welcoming of Qaddafi, and Parisians upset over the terms of possible trade deals between the countries.

Meanwhile, Senator Hillary Clinton, with six other senators, sent a letter yesterday asking Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to urge Libya to compensate victims of the 1988 Pan Am 103 bombing and the 1986 bombing of a discotheque in Berlin. Libya agreed to pay the victims in 2003, but has yet to fulfill that obligation, the letter says.

Check out also our story from August 2007: France and Libya sign arms deal.

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