Foreign and Commonwealth Office

A new partnership between the UK and Libya

Press release   •   Dec 07, 2011 10:40 GMT

Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt arrived in Tripoli on the first visit to Libya by a UK Minister since the formation of the new Libyan government.

He will meet Libyan Ministers and will discuss how to take forward a comprehensive new partnership between the two countries. The partnership will be a practical framework through which the UK and Libya can work together across a broad range of issues in order to consolidate the achievements of the last year, address the past and drive forward a rejuvenated bilateral relationship between the two countries, focused on practical cooperation.

Speaking ahead of the visit the Foreign Office Minister said:

“I am delighted to be visiting Libya at this historic time. We share the ambition of Libyans for a country based on respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights and where the people of Libyan can look to a future of dignity. As I meet the newly appoint Transitional Government I look forward to discussing exactly how we will partner the new Libya. In the last year we have stood should to shoulder with the Libyan people – committed to supporting them in their courageous struggle and heroic sacrifice. Our support for their freedom has been unwavering. As they now embrace the challenges of building a stable, peaceful and prosperous future, we want to deepen this relationship further”.

Later today, he will also re-launch the British Council in Tripoli.