The Libyan Jamahiriyah Foreign Minister has said in Paris that Egyptian President Anwar Sadat should realise that hostilities against the Jamahirayah were also against the interests of the libya-Egypt border clashes with the French Foreign minister, Louis de Guiringaud.
GV EXT. Quai d'Orsay, Paris.
LV INT. Libyan and French delegations seated round table.
CU & SV Libyan Foreign Minister Dr Abdel-Salem Tureiki. (2 shots)
SV French Foreign Minister Louis de Guiringaud seated.
SV Two ministers walk out and shake hands.
CU Guiringaud speaking in French.
CU Tureiki speaking in French.
CU & SV Libyan flag on car, which pulls away. (2 shots)
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Background: The Libyan Jamahiriyah Foreign Minister has said in Paris that Egyptian President Anwar Sadat should realise that hostilities against the Jamahirayah were also against the interests of the libya-Egypt border clashes with the French Foreign minister, Louis de Guiringaud.
SYNOPSIS: The talks were held in the headquarters of the French Foreign Ministry at the Quai d'Orsay before Dr Tureiki met President Giscard d'Estaing on Thursday (28 July). He will also meet the French Defence Minister, Yvon Bourges, who recently visited Tripoli where he concluded a major arms contract. The Libyan Jamahiriyah is one of France's principal arms customers.
Speaking to reporters after their meeting, both ministers expressed the wish that the hostilities between Egypt and Libya could be settled without further bloodshed.
Monsieur de Guiringaud said that Dr Tureiki had explained Libya's position to him and that the French government devoutly wished that the dispute could be solved by peaceful means and that efforts had already been made in that direction which he hoped would be successful.
Dr Tureiki said that he would hold a news conference on Friday (29 July) but that he would like to take the opportunity to say that in his belief Libya had been attacked by President Sadat, adding that Libya did not attack Egypt within its frontiers. He said Libya defended itself and that he hoped that President Sadat realised that it is not in the interests of Libya, Egypt and the Arab world to continue on an aggressive path. He also said that Libya wanted to have good relations with the "brotherly people of Egypt."
The two foreign ministers and their senior officials also discussed ways to improve trade and technological assistance between their countries and Libya's border dispute with Chad.