Imperialist Cameron in occupied Libya for talks with ministers

31 January 2013 Last updated at 12:45
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David Cameron visiting Libya for talks with ministers

Prime Minister David Cameron has arrived in Libya, on the second leg of his trip to Africa.

He travelled to the capital Tripoli after finishing his visit to Algeria.

Downing Street requested a media blackout in advance of his arrival in Libya for security reasons.

The PM has walked through Martyrs’ Square in Tripoli, having spoken to police recruits at Libya’s police training college, which is receiving British government support.

Mr Cameron has met the Libyan interior minister and is meeting the Libyan prime minister.

Earlier this week, the Foreign Office warned of a “potential threat” to the British embassy in Tripoli.

This came less than a week after UK citizens were urged to leave the second city, Benghazi, because of a “specific and imminent threat to westerners”.

In September 2011, Mr Cameron travelled to Benghazi with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to celebrate the liberation of this country from Col Gaddafi.

But the security situation has since worsened: as the PM met members of the public in Martyrs’ Square, police helicopters circled overhead at all times and security forces were close at hand.

Mr Cameron was expected to announce that Britain will provide more assistance to the police officer training college while attending a graduation ceremony.

In his visit to Algeria on Wednesday, the prime minister said the international community should use “everything at its disposal” to fight terrorism.

The recent hostage crisis at the In Amenas gas plant, in which some 37 foreigners died, was “a reminder that what happens in other countries affects us at home”, he said.

He also defended Western intervention in the conflict in Mali.

He was the first British prime minister to visit the North African country since it became independent in 1962.

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