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'Long road' ahead in Libya

'Long road' ahead in Libya
David Cameron has predicted there will be a "very long road" towards democracy in Libya.

He was speaking as he visited Tripoli today, where he announced British police investigating the Lockerbie bombing are to visit the country.

The Prime Minister said Britain would be helping the country establish stability following the overthrow of Colonel Gaddafi in 2011.

"The purpose is to help the Libyan Government because the truth is the path to a secure and prosperous democracy is a very long road and there's a lot of work that needs to be done here to increase security and stability," he told Sky News. "That's important for the Libyans. It's also important for us too. So I come here with some hard work that needs to be done."

Today's announcement on Lockerbie came shortly after he landed in Tripoli on a previously unannounced visit to the Libyan capital.

The Prime Minister flew in from Algeria, where he pledged Britain would do “everything it can” to combat the threat of terrorism in North Africa.

He also defended the French intervention in Mali, telling the BBC:

 

"The idea that Mali would be better off, Britain would be better off if the French and others had stood back and allowed Islamist extremists to take over that country and provide a new haven for al Qaeda, I think that’s nonsense."

After talks with Algerian leaders, Mr Cameron announced a new joint security partnership between the two countries and said Britain would "help the region to help themselves" amid a growing threat from al-Qaeda-linked terrorists.

This morning the Defence Secretary also admitted that the number of British personnel deployed in Mali could yet rise.

"I don’t envisage the numbers going much higher than that I can’t rule it out absolutely but I am clear that we are not going to get involved in a combat role," Philip Hammond told BBC News.

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