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LIBYA: Sarkozy promises military support for 'Libyan friends'

August 24, 2011 | 11:10 am

French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced at a Wednesday news conference broadcast on Al Jazeera that France would continue military operations in Libya under a United Nations mandate for as long as needed.

He also said an earlier announced conference on Libya would take place in Paris on Sept. 1.

"We are ready to continue military operations under the UN Resolution 1973 for as long as our Libyan friends need," Sarkozy told reporters in front of the presidential palace, standing beside Libyan rebel leader Mahmoud Jibril of the rebels' National Transitional Council.


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Photo: France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, right, shakes hands with the head of Libya's opposition government, Mahmoud Jibril, after their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Wednesday. Credit: Jacques Brinon/Associates Press.