French, British leaders meet for talks on Gaza

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown met Wednesday to discuss the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip and the world financial crisis.
Sarkozy, who traveled to the Middle East following Israel's Dec. 27 incursion in Gaza to help broker a proposed peace deal, said he was optimistic that "things are going to change for the better in a little bit."
Brown said they would discuss ways to end the flow of arms into Gaza and ease the humanitarian crisis there.
Both leaders said they also would use their working dinner to discuss the global financial crisis and the Group of 20 summit to be held in London on April 2. Sarkozy said he hoped the summit would provide world leaders with a chance "to draw the consequences of what we've been through."
He and Brown were speaking to reporters on a narrow lane leading to Sarkozy's private residence in the French capital's tony 16th district, where they were to meet over supper along with their spouses.

Updated : 2021-02-26 16:11 GMT+08:00