Nicolas Sarkozy to visit Tripoli tomorrow
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives in Tripoli for a one-day visit tomorrow, Tuesday. He has been invited by the head of Tripoli Local Council, Sadat Elbadri, to celebrate the second anniversary of the entry of France in the war alongside the revolutionaries.
On 19 March 2011, two days after the adoption of the UN Security Council resolution 1973 imposing a no fly zone over Libya, Sarkozy told the Paris Summit for the Support of the Libyan People that France and the allied countries would stand with the rebels and protect Benghazi. Shortly afterwards, French fighter planes destroyed a Qaddafi regime tank column that was about to attack Benghazi.
The leader of Benghazi Local Council, Mahmoud Burazeiza, will be in Tripoli to welcome the former French president.
Sarkozy will be received by Sadat Elbadri at the city council building in Algeria Square in the morning. He will then have lunch with the Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan. After that he is scheduled to address members of the General National Congress. There are no plans, however, for him to go walkabouts in Martyrs Square and talk to the public as did British Prime Minister David Cameron on 31 January.