Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who currently is chairperson of the African Union, urged those in Europe who were concerned about immigration from Africa such as Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, to support a massive program of economic development for Africa. “If Europe does not want migration, then it has to help us to encourage young people to stay in Africa.” He made clear that he was “against our young people migrating to Europe. I do not want Africa to be drained of its working force and of its youth.” Gaddafi argues the youth of Africa should remain on the continent and develop its resources and economies. The Libyan leader expressed hope the United States under Barack Obama would change its attitude toward Africa and work for cooperation.
It would assist in any reconciliation between the United States and Gaddafi if he would cease assisting terrorist forces and work for peace in the Middle East by supporting the government of President Abbas.