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LIBYA: Transition leader thanks Sarkozy, talks constitution

August 24, 2011 | 12:44 pm

During a meeting in Paris Wednesday, one of the leaders of Libya's transitional government thanked French President Nicolas Sarkozy for his support as battles continued against troops loyal to Moammar Kadafi and talked about plans to draft a new constitution.

Mahmoud Jibril said regional representatives from across Libya would be convened to draw up a  "constitutional project" that would be put to a referendum.

Sarkozy vowed to continue supporting Jibril's government.

"For as long as pockets of resistance exist, we will be at their [the rebels] disposition," he said.

Jibril is due to meet with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Milan on Thursday.

-- Kim Willsher is a special correspondent in Paris 

 Photo: France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, greets Mahmoud Jibril of Libya's transitional council on Wednesday at the Elysee Palace in Paris. The men discussed recent developments in Libya. Credit: Philippe Wojazer / Reuters.