Obama Wraps Up G8 Summit, Heads To Poland

May 27, 2011
Originally published on May 27, 2011 6:06 pm
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MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

At the G-8 summit in France today, President Obama vowed to finish the job of ousting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. He got some unexpected encouragement from Russia. That country now agrees that Gadhafi must step down. G-8 leaders also discussed the broader changes taking place in the Middle East, as NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

SCOTT HORSLEY, Host:

The host of the G-8 Summit, France, has been one of the biggest boosters of NATO's military campaign in Libya. That was one of the major topics this morning when President Obama met one on one with French president, Nicolas Sarkozy.

BARACK OBAMA: We agreed that we have made progress on our Libya campaign, but that meeting the U.N. mandate of civilian protection cannot be accomplished when Gadhafi remains in Libya directing his forces in acts of aggression against the Libyan people. And we are joined in resolve to finish the job.

HORSLEY: Beyond Libya, G-8 leaders also talked more generally about the democratic uprisings taking place across the Middle East. Mr. Obama encouraged his fellow leaders to provide financial support for the region.

OBAMA: Not only as they transition to democracy, but also ensuring that that democratic transition is accompanied by economic growth, which can provide more opportunities for all the people, particularly the young people, in the region.

HORSLEY: Scott Horsley, NPR News, Warsaw. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.