Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Salam Jalloud spoke with President Giscard d'Estaing for 75 minutes in Paris on Thursday (3 November) on the fate of French hostages held in the Western Sahara.
Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Salam Jalloud spoke with President Giscard d'Estaing for 75 minutes in Paris on Thursday (3 November) on the fate of French hostages held in the Western Sahara. The previous day in Algiers, Major Jalloud, who is the right hand-man of the Libyan leader General Maummar Gaddafi, had two talks on this issue with Algerian President Houari Boumedienne. No details were released of the Jalloud-Giscard meeting in Paris.
SYNOPSIS: Major Jalloud arriving at the Elysee Palace. He had previously discussed the hostages question with Monsieur Guy Georgy, the director of ???rance's ???rican Department, who had flown to Tripoli earlier in the week, seeking Libyan help.
Colonel Gaddafi offered to mediate the release of the hostages, who are held by Algerian-backed Polisario Front guerrillas in Mauritania. He sent Major Jalloud on a fact-finding tour to find out how best to tackle the problem. After his meeting with President Giscard, an Elysee spokesman said they had agreed to offer no details of their talks. Major Jalloud was expected to return to Tripoli, after completing his mission in Paris. Colonel Gaddafi successfully negotiated for the release of French archaeologist, Madame Francoise Claustre, who was held hostage for 33 months by Tubu rebels in Chad.