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The G8 summit in Deauville ended with the forming of partnerships with new democracies emerging from the Middle East and north Africa.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said a 28 billion euro package from multilateral development banks, bilateral aid, and from a new Gulf states-backed fund will support the revolution.

The G8 Leaders and partners, including the Egyptian and Tunisian Prime Ministers strongly supported the Arab Spring.

Sarkozy also spoke of the need to work with those who wanted change in Libya:

“Alain Juppe and me, in time will go to Benghazi but we hope that when the time comes we can make a working visit to meet all those who want to build Libya’s democratic future. We spoke with David Cameron and feel it should be a French and British initiative.”

The leaders called for the Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to step down.

Russian president Dimitry Medvedev, who previously condemned Nato’s campaign on Libya, said he was prepared to mediate Gaddafi’s departure.

Euronews reporter Miguel Sardo said: “Egypt and Tunisia have become the first members of what is now called the ‘Partnership of Deauville’. An initiative that was launched during this summit, to support the transition to democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. It remains to be seen which country will be next to join this partnership.”