British, French Leaders Visit Tripoli France's president and Britain's prime minster are in Tripoli Thursday. They're the first foreign leaders to visit post-revolutionary Libya. Turkey's prime minister is expected to follow suit shortly.
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British, French Leaders Visit Tripoli

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British, French Leaders Visit Tripoli

British, French Leaders Visit Tripoli

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France's president and Britain's prime minster are in Tripoli Thursday. They're the first foreign leaders to visit post-revolutionary Libya. Turkey's prime minister is expected to follow suit shortly.

MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

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NPR's Corey Flintoff reports from Tripoli.

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COREY FLINTOFF: The two leaders pass by a crush of reporters at a Tripoli hotel for a news conference with Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the chairman of the revolutionary leadership, the National Transitional Council, and Mahmoud Jibril, who's regarded as its prime minister.

MUSTAFA ABDEL JALIL: (Foreign language spoken)

FLINTOFF: But aside from the expected cordiality, Abdurrazag Mukhtar, a council member from Tripoli, said afterward that he heard three areas of real substance.

ABDURRAZAG MUKHTAR: The continuing support of NATO until Gadhafi been arrested, the second thing is getting a chair for NTC in the United Nations, and the third thing is the help of getting frozen assets in these two countries to be used by the Libyan people.

FLINTOFF: Cameron noted that Gadhafi's forces still control parts of Libya.

P: We must keep on with the NATO mission until civilians are all protected and until this work is finished. We will help you to find Gadhafi and to bring him to justice.

FLINTOFF: Although both France and Britain have companies vying for business in the new Libya, Sarkozy insisted that there was no prior agreement or expectation that they'd get favorable treatment because of their part in the NATO action. Cameron promised humanitarian aid, but stressed that the most important help would be in returning Libyan assets that Gadhafi and his top officials stashed abroad.

CAMERON: We have already unfrozen a billion pounds worth of assets. But if we can pass the U.N. resolution that we will be putting forward with France tomorrow, there's a further 12 billion of assets in the U.K. alone that we will be looking to unfreeze.

FLINTOFF: Both Cameron and Sarkozy expressed the hope that the revolution in Libya could serve as an example for people trying to extend the so-called Arab Spring to other countries. But Sarkozy was the most explicit.

P: (Foreign language spoken)

FLINTOFF: Corey Flintoff, NPR News, Tripoli.

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