Paris, August 23, 2011
President Sarkozy has today held a long conversation with the United States President.
On Libya, they welcomed the decisive progress achieved over recent days by the forces of the NTC [National Transitional Council] and said the end of Gaddafi’s regime was now inevitable and imminent. They agreed to continue their military effort to support the legitimate Libyan authorities until Gaddafi and his clan surrender their weapons. With a new phase about to begin, the two presidents expressed their desire to rally the international community behind the Libyan people to help it embark on the political transition in a spirit of reconciliation and national unity, with the aim of building a new, democratic, pluralist Libya. In this respect, they stressed the useful contribution to be made by the forthcoming organization in Paris of an international conference of support for Libya.
President Sarkozy and the United States President also took stock of the international economic and financial situation. Among other things, they agreed to step up coordination between their two countries with a view to the G20 summit in Cannes in November./.