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Obama consults his close allies on Libya

US President, Barack Obama, reached out to his close allies in Europe and the Middle East on the ongoing military operation against the Gaddafi regime.



Washington: US President, Barack Obama,
reached out to his close allies in Europe and the Middle East on the ongoing military operation against the Gaddafi regime,
but there was no official word on the level of contact with
key countries like Russia, China and India, who do not appear
to be on the same page with him on Libya.

Obama telephoned British Prime Minister, David Cameroon,
French President, Nicolas Sarkozy and Turkish Prime Minister,
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the Emir of Qatar in the last 24
hours, said the Deputy National Security Advisor, Ben Rhodes.

In their telephonic conversation with the British and
French leaders, Rhodes said Obama reviewed the substantial
progress that`s been made in terms of halting the advance of
Qaddafi forces on Benghazi, as well as the establishment of a
no-fly zone through the targeting of Qaddafi?s air defences
and air assets.

"They also noted the continued effort that`s going to
need to be done to achieve the goals that are specified in
UN Security Council Resolution 1973.

The leaders also agreed that NATO should play a key role
in the command structure going forward for the enforcement of
the no-fly zone," he said.

"The President had a good conversation with the Emir of
Qatar this morning," Rhodes said.

"We continue to underscore that the coalition includes,
but goes beyond us and our European allies, to include, for
instance, all those nations who expressed strong political
support in Paris, as well as nations like Qatar that have
signaled that they`ll make important contributions," he said.
"Turkey is an important NATO ally. I think Prime Minister
Erdogan and the President had a good discussion last night
where they agreed about the aims of the resolution.

And Turkey is a part of the discussions we`re having
about how this is going to be structured going forward," he
said.

Earlier in the day, the White House said Obama and the
Turkish leaders agreed that implementing the UN Security
Council resolution with regard to Libya would require a broad
based international coalition.
The two leaders spoke Monday evening to continue
consultations on the situation in Libya.

Obama expressed appreciation for Turkey’s ongoing
humanitarian efforts in Libya, including its assistance in
facilitating the release and safe passage to Tunisia of four
New York Times journalists who had been detained in Libyan
custody, the White House said.

"The leaders agreed that this will require a broad-based
international effort, including Arab states, to implement and
enforce the UN resolutions, based on national contributions
and enabled by NATO`s unique multinational command and control
capabilities to ensure maximum effectiveness," the White House
said.

PTI

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