G8 discuss further aid for Arab Spring countries
Further aid for countries that have seen democratic uprisings as part of the Arab Spring was being deliberated Saturday as members of the G8 group of industrialized nations met in Marseille, France, DPA reported.
The meeting of the countries - the United States, Canada, Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Russia - was being held on the sidelines of a G7 summit, which excludes Russia, on the world economy.
The talks were being conducted with representatives of several Mediterranean countries, a region where pro-democracy uprisings have forced regime changes in Tunisia and Egypt this year and are behind an ongoing civil war in Libya against the rule of Moamer Gaddafi.
Representatives of the Transitional National Council, which has worked to stop Gaddafi's control across most of Libya, are expected at the meeting.
The G8 aid is seen as part of an ongoing effort to support the move to democracy in the region. Billions of dollars of aid have been promised.