Obama to discuss Libya sanctions with France, Britain

Obama to discuss Libya sanctions with France, Britain

Washington: President Barack Obama will Thursday discuss punitive measures against Libya, including sanctions, with British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the White House said.

“They will be discussing Libya and they will be discussing different options that we can take," White House spokesman Jay Carney said, saying the calls were due to take place later in the day.

“I am sure, broadly speaking, our options will be discussed," he said, though he declined to detail exact steps Washington wanted to see taken, amid calls for sanctions and the establishment of a “no fly" zone over Libya.

“I am not ruling anything out," Carney said, though acknowledged “sanctions are something we are looking at."

“Exploring the options means just that," Carney said, when asked whether the Pentagon was laying plans to enforce a “no fly zone" to protect civilians in Libya.