Washington: US President Barack Obama and
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper have agreed on the need
to protect Libyans who might be the target of violence by the
African nation`s dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi and to deter him
from doing so, the White House said.
Obama and Harper, during a telephone call yesterday,
"agreed on the need to deter additional acts of violence by
the Gaddafi regime, protect those who might be the targets of
such violence, establish accountability for human rights
violations, and provide humanitarian assistance to those in
need," the White House said.
Obama expressed appreciation for Canada joining the US
in imposing tough unilateral sanctions against Libya.
"The leaders agreed to coordinate closely in expanding
the humanitarian effort in cooperation with the United Nations
and other partners, and in consideration of other options
should they become necessary," it said.
"The Leaders also expressed a commitment to work
together to help Egypt and Tunisia achieve successful,
peaceful democratic transitions, and to work with other
countries in the region to achieve meaningful reform," the
White House said.