Friday, 25 August 2017

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says UK was 'over-optimistic' about Libya

The removal of Colonel Gaddafi in 2011 has been a "tragedy so far" for the people of Libya, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that "we were way over-optimistic" about Libya's future, adding that the elections of 2014 "made things worse".

His comments came after a two-day visit to Libya, where he urged rival parties to compromise and unite the country.

Mr Johnson pledged £9m to help tackle people trafficking and terrorism.

In a landmark meeting, Mr Johnson became the first senior Western politician to visit the Libyan military commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar on the ground at his home base near Benghazi.

BBC     News.