Obama, Gaddafi, Erdogan At G8

 

Italy – The Libyan leader, Mouammar Gaddafi, who is the incumbent chairman of the African Union (AU), and Barack Obama, the first black US president shook hands in Aquila, Italy, on Thursday during the summit meeting of the G8, the world’s eight industrialised nations.

‘’I am proud of you and I congratulate you as well for the chairmanship of the African Union that grows thanks to your leadership. We aspire to the strengthening of relations between the US and AU during your term of office at the head of this organization,” the US president told the Libyan leader.

‘’I am very much satisfied with the development of bilateral relations between our two countries and I am convinced that we will work to strengthen them,” he added during their handshake.

The US president said he would have liked to directly listen to the Libyan leader when making his speech expected for Friday on the occasion of the G8 session devoted to Africa. President Obama is in Ghana for a two-day visit.

The Libyan leader expressed his pride about President Obama’s accession to US presidency as citizen originally from Africa and said he was very pleased to meet him.

However, the meeting on Thursday evening in Aquila between Gaddafi and the Turkish Prime minister, Recep Tayyib Erdogan, who congratulated him for his accession to AU chairmanship, was one of the most important activities of the Libyan leader at the G8 summit, PANA reported.

During the meeting, Mr Erdogan stressed the desire of his country to strengthen its bilateral relations with Libya and the African continent.

The Turkish PM invited Gaddafi to visit Turkey and also announced his desire to visit Libya.

Some Libyan official sources said that the meeting enabled Gaddafi and the Turkish PM to review several issues of common interest.

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