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and Sarkozy visit Libya to offer aid and support to new government
Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy today met with members of the National Transitional Council (NTC).
The Prime Minister and President Sarkozy are the most senior Western leaders to visit the north African state since the Qadhafi regime fell. They were accompanied by Foreign Secretary William Hague.
He arrived in the Libyan capital Tripoli on board an RAF plane, met members
of Libya’s government, including its head Mustafa Abdul Jalil and chairman
The British and French leaders also visited a hospital and a military college to meet civilians injured by fighting.
The Prime Minister announced a further package of UK assistance to support the Libyan-led process to becoming free, democratic and inclusive.
He pledged that Britain will:
- deploy, for six months, UK military team to advise
the NTC on security,
- make available Libyan assets totalling approximately £600m
to the interim authorities,
- make 50 places available in UK specialist hospitals
for critically ill Libyans,
- provide £600,000 for clearing landmines
- give £1m to fund civilian experts to assist in
- fund additional communications equipment totalling £60,000
for Libyan police in Benghazi,
- provide forensic advice, if requested,
to help gather and preserve evidence of human rights abuses.
Speaking at a press conference in Tripoli, the Prime
Minister told the NTC and the Libyan people:
We want to help you diplomatically, militarily, economically and with
your development. We are your friends, but this is your country, your
The Prime Minister joined President Sarkozy in saying that the NATO commitment
to the Libyan people was not over, and that protecting civilians was
A new resolution at the UN Security Council tomorrow will provide a framework
for international support to the Libyan people, including mechanisms
for unfreezing assets.
Libya will resume its seat in the UN next week.
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