David Cameron pledges UK support in Libya visit
Patrick WintourDavid Cameron defended the British role in toppling Muammar Gaddafi during a surprise one-day visit to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Thursday, arguing that it was a "complete fiction" to think his departure made the west more vulnerable.
The prime minister flew in from Algiers, despite recent threats to the British embassy and consulates, in a personal statement of support for the Arab spring and the new Libyan government, which is struggling to assert its authority against militias and lack of resources.
He said that the history of brutal dictatorships in north Africa and the Middle East was that they stored up problems for the future and in the long run "we are safer if we have a secure, stable democracy. That is why to me the Arab spring is still part of the solution and not part of the problem".
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"David Cameron pledges UK support in Libya visit", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2013. Consulté le 01/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/david-cameron-pledges-uk-support-in-libya-visit