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Minister: Sarkozy’s Libya visit not about money

France's focus is not yet on reconstruction contracts but on supporting interim leadership.

Written by Agencies | Paris |
September 15, 2011 2:22:07 pm

The French finance minister says a visit to Libya by the leaders of France and Britain is not about landing economic deals but about showing support for the former rebels who ousted longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Francois Baroin,speaking on France-Info radio,said the visit Thursday ”is a strong gesture,it is a historic moment to go today to Libya.”

A Libyan official says that British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are going to Tripoli on Thursday,in the first such visit by foreign leaders since Gadhafi’s downfall.

Asked whether there were economic arguments for the visit,Baroin says,”we are not at that stage.”

“He says France’s focus is not yet on reconstruction contracts but on supporting the interim leadership and pursuing “the last pro-Gadhafi pockets.”

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