France has pledged continuing support, both militarily and financially, for the Libyan National Transitional Council.
President Nicolas Sarkozy met the Council’s Prime Minister, Mahmoud Jibril, in Paris on Wednesday, and afterwards both leaders held a joint press conference.
President Sarkozy said:
“On the first of September we are inviting all of our allies to a conference in Paris, but we want to go further, to show that the period of the Contact Group and of the Military Coalition is coming to an end, and that we are moving into a new era of a free Libya and we will move with them.”
The Libyan NTC Prime Minister, Mahmoud Jibril, thanked France and the rest of the coalition forces for their support. He added that, “the last support we need, which we see as crucial to the ability of the NTC to implement its priorities that I mentioned, is to get access to the frozen Libyan money as soon as possible, in order to give our pledges credibility.”
Both leaders acknowledged that the fighting is not yet over, but Mahmoud Jibril said the priority in the future will be on reconciliation.