British Prime Minister David Cameron makes unannounced visit to Libya
Friday, February 1, 2013
British Prime Minister David Cameron made an unannounced visit to the Libyan capital city of Tripoli yesterday after visiting Algeria earlier in the day.
David Cameron pledged that Britain would help in training Libya's security forces. He said in a joint press conference held with Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan that "the British people want to stand with you and help you deliver the greater security that Libya needs". Cameron also reiterated his support for the French-backed intervention in Mali, denying suggestions put to him that foreign intervention in Islamic countries would lead to a backlash against Western nations by al-Qaeda.
The security was tight during his walkabout in the Martyrs' Square, where police attempted to hold back the locals as a police helicopter flew overhead. His visit to Tripoli comes in the aftermath of recent threats to the British embassy and just a week after British citizens were urged to leave the second largest city of Benghazi due to a "specific and imminent" threat to Westerners.
Police officers investigating the 1988 Lockerbie bombing from the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary have been granted access to new information to help them with their inquiries. In 2001, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment but was released in 2009 on compassionate health grounds and died last year.
- "'Imminent threat' as Foreign Office urges Britons to leave Benghazi" — Wikinews, January 24, 2013
- "We want to stand with you, David Cameron tells Libya" — BBC News Online, January 31, 2013
- "David Cameron Makes Surprise Trip To Libya" — Sky News, January 31, 2013