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Thursday 31st January 2013 

Prime Minister wants “strong, prosperous” and democratic Libya.

The Prime Minister David Cameron today used a surprise visit to Libya to make his second pledge in 24 hours of closer security ties between Britain and North African countries on the newly declared front line in the battle against Islamic extremism.

Hot on the heels of his announcement of a new security pact with Algeria, Mr Cameron arrived in the Libyan capital of Tripoli this morning to pledge that Britain will provide training and advice for police and the army to bolster the country’s  recovery from decades of dictatorship.

The Prime Minister said he wanted to do more to help the new Libyan government, which is facing continuing problems with the disparate militias that helped depose Muammar Gaddafi amid a continuing struggle to establish a functioning democracy.

The visit to Tripoli, which took place despite to the British embassy and consulates in Libya, included a walkabout of the city’s Martyrs’ Square amid heavy security after Mr Cameron had arrived from the airport in a 16-car convoy.

On an earlier tour of a police training college, the Prime Minister recalled the trip he made to Libya shortly after the toppling of Colonel Gaddafi in September 2011,  said: “I will never forget the scenes I saw in Tripoli and Benghazi. The British people want to stand with you and help you deliver the greater security that Libya needs. So we have offered training and support from our police and our military. We look forward to working together in the years ahead.”

Mr Cameron is due to hold talks Libya’s recently-appointed prime minister, Ali Zaidan, who is seeking to build a government of national unity and disband the militias. He will also meet President Megarief while in the country.

Source: The Independent 

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