Obama: US, France Want to 'Finish the Job' in Libya

Published on Friday 27th May 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States and France are joined in resolve to "finish the job" in Libya, as NATO presses for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down. President Obama spoke Friday after meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Group of Eight industrialized countries' summit in Deauville, France.President Sarkozy, who is hosting the summit, on Thursday called on Gadhafi to resign immediately. Later , the leaders of Egypt and Tunisia will join G8 members for a special session on aid for development that is linked to economic and political reform.The G8 members are expected to introduce an aid package meant to support recent steps toward democracy in both those countries, and to encourage political reform in other countries in the region.On Thursday, Obama met with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev to discuss U.S. missile defense in Europe.  Afterward, Obama said the two sides are committed to reach an agreement that is "consistent with the security needs of both countries."  But Medvedev said it may take many years to reach the agreement.Obama is due to discuss the missile plan with central European leaders when he moves on to Poland later Friday.


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