By Lauren Grice
David Cameron has pledged British assistance for the Libyan police and army in a surprise visit to the country.
The prime minister told a press conference in the capital city of Tripoli that the UK was willing to provide training and support for the nation’s forces.
“The British people want to stand with you and help you deliver the greater security that Libya needs,” he said. “We look forward to working together in the years ahead.”
Cameron was welcomed by crowds in Martyr’s Square and attended a police training college, where he spoke to several recruits.
He also met with Libyan president Mohamed Magarief and prime minister Ali Zidan.
Referring to a previous visit made to the country after the fall of Colonel Gaddafi in 2011, Cameron claimed it was “very good to be back”.
“I will never forget the scenes I saw in Tripoli and Benghazi,” he added.
The visit comes shortly after the Foreign Office warned of a potential threat to Westerners in Libya’s second city of Benghazi.
It advised British nationals to avoid travel throughout much of the country and urged any dwelling there to leave immediately.